Definition of halloo in English:



  • 1Used to incite dogs to the chase during a hunt.

    • ‘Up she springs, and away she starts, the pack in full cry behind her, the huntsman's voice resounding after them, Halloo dogs!’
    • ‘The hunt proceeded noisily, "Halloo! Halloo!"’
    1. 1.1 Used to attract someone's attention.
      • ‘‘Halloo! who is it?’ cried the lime-burner, vexed at his son's timidity, yet half infected by it.’
      • ‘Halloo! what are you doing there?’

nounPlural halloos

  • A cry of ‘halloo’.

    • ‘A few hearty halloos tell us that these people are truly enjoying their Hood.’
    • ‘He gave a great halloo but no one heard him.’
    greeting, hello, hallo, halloo, call, cry, shout, salutation
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verbhallooed, hallooing, halloos

[no object]
  • 1Cry or shout ‘halloo’ to attract attention or to give encouragement to dogs in hunting.

    ‘I hallooed in the hope that they might hear my shouts’
    • ‘But ye've need of more care than I can give ye, and I've told ye, I can't be hallooing with no monkish folk.’
    • ‘For he was a Northerner born and bred; and what should he be doing hallooing for the Stars and Bars among those grey and moribund veterans?’
    • ‘But when the two came after, they could not find them, nor hear any thing of them at all, though they hallooed and shouted as loud as they could.’
    • ‘The old lady hallooed to him: ‘Burns, where are you going?’’
    • ‘Gen. Rusk hallooed to his men: ‘don't shoot him,’ and knocked up some of their guns; but others ran round and riddled him with balls.’
    • ‘A. Roy McClerken hallooed to me; he asked me if I could take a couple of passengers.’
    • ‘I'll take it up for pity: yet I'll tarry till my son come; he hallooed but even now.’
    • ‘In the old times, the animals and birds liked to play ball, and they shouted and hallooed just as players do to-day.’
    • ‘It had the three singers hallooing to one another from different parts of the Chapel.’
    • ‘The engineer on that side hallooed to me that the boat was backing as hard as she could.’
    • ‘Round and round the decks they went, Mugridge sick with fear, the sailors hallooing and shouting directions to one another, and the hunters bellowing encouragement and laughter.’
    • ‘Not knowing her to be a spectre he hallooed to her to stay for him, but receiving no answer thought she was deaf.’
    • ‘All day long they heaved, and hallooed, turning at intervals to scribble at their desks.’
    • ‘Undaunted, he kept whipping and hallooing at the hole, and to his relief they eventually came out all right at the other side.’
    • ‘‘Hi, Chris,’ Mr. Gibson hallooed, before the debate began, to the delight of the assembled voters.’
    • ‘As soon as Friday came in sight of the man, he hallooed out as loud as the other, ‘O master!’’
    • ‘The trapper threw off his furry cap in the air, and hallooed as loud as his voice can echo through the valley below.’
    • ‘We hallooed and bellowed as if an army were near us.’
    • ‘He then hallooed to the fort people, telling them to bury the carcass if they wished, and immediately went off with his party.’
    • ‘In the after part of the day, we discovered three lodges of Sioux Indians encamped on the bank, all hallooing and waving their blankets for us to come in, to the shore.’
    call out, shout, cry out, yell, bawl, bellow, scream, shriek, screech, roar, whoop
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    1. 1.1with object Shout to (someone) to attract their attention.
      ‘he hallooed a number of men in sweatshirts’
      • ‘Kaplan, who was covering the story for the Boston Globe from the press table, says Powell hallooed Woodward as if he were a long-lost frat brother.’


Mid 16th century: probably from the rare verb hallow ‘pursue or urge on with shouts’, from imitative Old French haloer.