Definition of hooter in US English:



  • 1informal A person's nose.

    • ‘Legend has it that it got its name because it reminded early 19th century local golfers of the principal at St Mary's College, who had a prominent hooter.’
    • ‘They all remember when Albert Pediani, 66, got his nose burst and how Jack Aram, 65, smothered the haemorraghing hooter with ice to bring down the swelling.’
    • ‘Holmes affected to not know what I was talking about, and continued to read the Times while wheezing around the chalk sticking out of his hooter.’
    • ‘I saved a fortune by shovelling a load of cheap and nasty amphetamines up the hooters of a friend and myself.’
    • ‘That's not to say that I won't put a couple of quid in for red nose day, but I'll pass on the hooter for the front grill if you don't mind.’
    • ‘Self-consciousness affects us all in different ways - some revel in an unusual hooter and some wilt under the spotlight.’
    • ‘Even as I'm shovelling it up my hooter, I realise the sad truth.’
    • ‘The sarge with the enormous hooter noted details and read it back.’
    • ‘I don't mean really massive hooters so that from the side the girl looks like an axe, or anything, but, you know, a proper nose.’
    • ‘Visitors and returners were dealt with but again no use was made of the Angeles visitor whose hooter was a serious threat to our own Bigger Nose Bastard.’
    snout, muzzle, proboscis, trunk
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  • 2hootersNorth American vulgar slang A woman's breasts.

    mammary gland, mamma
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  • 3British A siren or steam whistle, especially one used as a signal for work to begin or cease.

    • ‘It is simply much easier for someone else to keep track of time, and the delays, and have a hooter signal the end of the game.’
    • ‘The final hooter at Huntington Stadium yesterday would normally have been greeted with cheers and an anticipation of what the fourth round of the Challenge Cup would bring.’
    • ‘The half-time hooter came at the right time for the Rhinos, but the sight of their Great Britain centre Keith Senior limping into the dug-out instead of back on to the pitch added to a sense of apprehension.’
    • ‘Considering that we were urban kids to the studded tips of our sturdy boots, and that we had all been born within the sound of factory hooters, we were a surprisingly rural community.’
    • ‘Sadly it wasn't quite enough to break down the watertight Rovers defence and as the play ended, the hooter signalled the end of a quite remarkable encounter.’
    • ‘Conversation in the Strand was impossible owing to the din of cheers, whistles, hooters and fireworks.’
    • ‘‘For up to three hours the Market Square in Walthamstow, east London, was filled with the noise of hooters, whistles, drums, saucepans, cymbals and one recorder,’ says Roger Huddle.’
    • ‘With countless bends along the Thames, whistles and hooters would sound incessantly day and night as the ships passed.’
    • ‘Local authorities have been instructed to put the air-raid warning system into operation, and from now on the sounding of factory hooters and sirens is prohibited except in an air raid.’
    • ‘The town apparently ran out of the popular hooters in the run-up to the big day today (Friday).’
    • ‘His entrance to the ring on Thursday was met by a deafening noise of applause, whistle-blowing, chanting and hooters going off.’
    • ‘When air raids are threatened, warning will be given in towns by sirens and hooters, which will be sounded, in some places by short blasts, or in other places by a warbling note, changing every few seconds.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Michael Donnellan was allowed to take a kick (from which he scored a one-pointer), after the hooter sounded to signal half-time.’
    • ‘You almost expected the former miners' leader to appear in George Street to lead the hundred or so striking firemen who gathered and swaggered along the road wearing their flaming caps and blasting the air with hooters.’
    • ‘The hooter goes to signal the end of a thrilling match as Bradford celebrate booking their place in the Grand Final.’
    • ‘We were on a high and they were just hanging on praying for the final hooter.’
    • ‘I can remember when steam called the worker to his work; every factory had a steam whistle or hooter, all different notes, and they could be heard, and responded to, all over town.’
    • ‘Lynx finished the stronger and completed the scoring with a drop goal from John Braddish and a McCully penalty on the final hooter for a deserved victory.’
    • ‘The actions of anti fox hunt protestors who used whistles and hooters in a bid to disrupt the meet of the Waterford Foxhounds in Tramore on St. Stephen's Day, have been sharply criticised by the Mayor.’
    • ‘Indeed, the chants of ‘York, York, York’ which greeted the final hooter summed up what the supporters thought of their performance and, in particular, their fightback.’
    alarm, alarm bell, warning bell, danger signal
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    1. 3.1 The horn of a motor vehicle.
      • ‘Shopping in Hanoi is a harassing and stressful business with all the people, bikes and hooters, pollution and dirt.’
      • ‘Some of them keep their hand on the hooter as they are passing my bungalow, which there is no point to at all, and some of them play a tune on the hooter with up to eight toots.’
      • ‘Other essential parts that are sometimes out of order, are headlights, indicators, hooters and interior overhead lamps.’
      • ‘One said he was unable to work because of the noise coming from the horns and hooters of the passing lorries and cars!’
      • ‘The township stayed abuzz after the game as Chiefs' supporters sounded their car hooters in celebration of their team's victory.’
      • ‘But then one day something catches your eye, something beautiful, something gliding along like a panther, something with four wheels and a hooter, yes a car!’
      • ‘Yes, everyone uses their hooters constantly - but not in frustration or anger, and only as a means of alerting other road users of their presence.’
      • ‘Your car hooter goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a gang of Hell's Angels up the highway.’
      • ‘The trams are electric, but the hooter sounds like that of a steam engine. We wondered why.’
      • ‘A street vendor whose stall is only a few metres from where the truck crashed into a shop and finally came to a halt, said ‘A bang or a car hooter still makes me run for cover’.’
      • ‘Finally, I mentioned earlier the triumphant car hooters being used to celebrate the England win in the World Cup tournament.’
      • ‘I hit the hooter and shouted that I'd been waiting for that spot, but the idiot ignored me.’
      • ‘Now the music cannot be heard from outside, but people living nearby still complain about the noise coming from car hooters, alarms and the raised voices of clients.’
      • ‘A mother was driving her five-year-old daughter home from school and beeped the car hooter by mistake.’
      • ‘She seemed oblivious, so I hit my hooter to get her attention.’