Definition of whoop in English:



  • 1A loud cry of joy or excitement.

    ‘a moment's silence was followed by whoops of delight’
    • ‘Jackson rolled his eyes, then, walking ahead eagerly, peered around the next bend and gave a whoop of delight.’
    • ‘In December, at the World Cup draw, Australian officials let loose a whoop of delight when they were drawn in the same group as the defending champions.’
    • ‘I jumped up in the air, letting out a loud whoop of joy.’
    • ‘After two hours I'd seen nothing but steep greenery and heard nothing but the occasional whoop.’
    • ‘Then with a loud whoop, he shoved his heels into the stallion's sides.’
    • ‘Finally, why did the press whoop for joy and glory at the colonial elections?’
    • ‘The whoop of an Indian war cry stopped Ben from answering.’
    • ‘I believe I startled a great many innocent Canadians, some perhaps as far away as Vancouver, with my unrestrained whoop of delight.’
    • ‘If the reports turn out to be true, resellers and probably Linux developers will issue a whoop of delight.’
    • ‘The whoop of relief and delight that went up from the assembled crew nearly knocked both of them back into the hall.’
    • ‘The boy gave a whoop of delight and raced away.’
    • ‘Before he could even wonder what she had agreed to, he heard a loud whoop of joy.’
    • ‘Gareth attempted a whoop and may even have punched the air.’
    • ‘She let out a loud whoop and urged her horse on faster.’
    • ‘When she hung up the phone, Jasmine couldn't resist jumping to her feet and letting out a little whoop of excitement.’
    • ‘‘Fine,’ she sighed and the guys and I let out a loud whoop of success.’
    • ‘Can I have been the only Murdochian who gave a whoop of delight at reading John Jones's Diary?’
    • ‘With a whoop of laughter, she adds, ‘But I've been around for so long that people are afraid to disagree with me.’’
    • ‘Josh let out a loud whoop before wrapping his arms around her and lifting her off the ground.’
    • ‘Jack let out a loud whoop as he spurred his horse on.’
    shout, cry, call, yell, roar, scream, shriek, screech, hoot, hoop, cheer, hurrah
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  • 2A long rasping indrawn breath, characteristic of whooping cough.

    • ‘Vomiting with coughing is frequent, and an audible whoop may develop.’
    • ‘Neither the common nor the Latin name give any indication that the hacking cough and haunting whoop are often followed by vomiting.’
    • ‘Infants, older children and adults may have the cough with no whoop.’
    • ‘When something really tickled Papa, he laughed silently, screwing his face up, his whole body shaking, only the occasional whoop escaping as he tried to catch his breath.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks later, the boys developed progressive coughing spells with inspiratory whoop and posttussive vomiting.’
    • ‘In mid-course, she had some vomiting after bouts of coughing and some of her spells were followed by a vague inspiratory whoop.’
  • 3(in motorcycling or cycling) a bump or dip on an off-road racetrack or rally course.

    • ‘You should always stand up over whoops.’


  • Give or make a whoop.

    ‘all at once they were whooping with laughter’
    • ‘As I approach the bus, the five or so other kids cheer out my name, whooping and screaming for me.’
    • ‘They keep whooping and hollering and waggling their banners manically.’
    • ‘Around him the crowd was going crazy, whooping and cheering at the top of their lungs.’
    • ‘The crowd whooped and hollered at the unexpected entertainment.’
    • ‘Both girls jumped up and cheered, then whooped, hugging each other tightly.’
    • ‘The soldiers were shouting and whooping and hollering.’
    • ‘I can remember roaring and whooping in our house when the aforementioned Johnny won it for the second time with Hold Me Now.’
    • ‘He was one of the guys whooping and cheering Brett, which didn't say very much for his personality.’
    • ‘Just as they were about to give up hope, Mr Smith started whooping and yelling.’
    • ‘They all cheered and whooped at the news and Dr. Bines headed for the door.’
    • ‘The studio audience whooped and cheered after he made the surprise announcement.’
    • ‘After a few seconds of silence, the crowd began cheering and whooping for the two warriors.’
    • ‘Shouting, whooping, hollering, and shooting into the air, they raced toward the ranch.’
    • ‘That was all it took for the entire family to start whooping and hollering, crying and screaming.’
    • ‘They got up on their high horse, whooped and hollered, rode around in circles, and ended right back where they'd started.’
    • ‘The Tories whooped and cheered, with Ryedale's John Greenway looking a particularly happy man.’
    • ‘Points will be deducted for whooping, cheering, successful tackling, goal scoring or any other overt displays of competence.’
    • ‘Finally his words were drowned out by the crowd, and they whistled, yelled, whooped, hollered and applauded in a frenzy.’
    • ‘Steve was especially vocal, whooping and cheering his approval of the concert.’
    • ‘My teammates whooped and yelled their agreement, and we all looked towards our coach, who was still looking grim and worried.’
    shout, cry, call, yell, roar, scream, shriek, screech, hoot, hoop, cheer, hurrah
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  • not give (or care) a whoop

    • dated, informal Be totally indifferent.

      • ‘Most people don't give a whoop about the writers.’
      • ‘Frankly I don't give a whoop about Sony losing a dime from piracy and think they have ruined what is a great hardware product with absolutely terrible software.’
  • whoop it up

    • 1informal Enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy way.

      • ‘The film's most irresistible scene is a musical medley to ‘Sweet Caroline’ that shows Fallon and Barrymore in the stands, whooping it up for the Sox.’
      • ‘Ashley Judd, the youthful Vivi, whoops it up with the sisters in one of the predictable flashbacks from Divine Secrets.’
      • ‘Another Pattaya Songkran has come and gone, but this year the festivities saw literally tens of thousands of revelers whooping it up as they joyously celebrated the traditional Thai New Year.’
      • ‘Yes, that's right, Jimmy Willing will whoop it up this Saturday, May 29, at The Rails in Byron Bay with his band The Real Gone Hick-Ups.’
      • ‘Bing began his career in a jazz band, and whoops it up with the best of them in ‘You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby’ and a stomping ‘Alexanders Ragtime Band’ with Al Jolson.’
      • ‘Jugraj Singh whoops it up after scoring in India's 7-4 win against Pakistan.’
      • ‘You can celebrate it by whooping it up on the patio with some friends.’
      • ‘He is never to be found whooping it up in the bars or clubs of Dublin outside Dail business hours.’
      • ‘Kevin Mullings slapped his leg and whooped it up more than was necessary.’
      • ‘They would have been whooping it up from New York to San Francisco, from Auckland and Sydney to Berlin.’
      celebrate, rejoice, enjoy oneself, make merry, have fun, have a good time, have a wild time, rave, party, have a party, revel, roister, carouse, kill the fatted calf
      step out
      go out on the town, paint the town red, make whoopee, junket, have a night on the tiles, live it up, have a ball
      push the boat out
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      1. 1.1North American Create or stir up excitement or enthusiasm.
        • ‘That is why a lot of minorities leaders whoop it up about racism, making American blacks victims.’
        • ‘Dave Schroeder, TV services director, also signals to the crowd when it's time to whoop it up.’
        • ‘They're literally whooping it up because in the final thirty minutes of the trading session on a Friday before a three-day weekend, things get very slow.’
        • ‘Nowadays, the image of cheerleaders tends to be associated with buxom blondes whooping it up for some big country boys crushing 73-17 victories out in the fields.’
        • ‘As for the trailers, the audience went nuts for the Matrix trailer, whooped it up for Minority Report, laughed scornfully at Be Like Mike, and laughed their heads off at Lilo and Stitch.’


Middle English: probably imitative.