holler 1[hol-er] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)

  1. to cry aloud; shout; yell: Quit hollering into the phone.

verb (used with object)

  1. to shout or yell (something): He hollered insults back into the saloon.


  1. a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.

Origin of holler 1 1690–1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo) Related Words for hollering squawk, wail, roar, cry, screech, yap, hoot, complain, whoop, cheer, bawl, shriek, scream, howl, squeal, bellow, yelp, vociferate, call, shrill Examples from the Web for hollering Contemporary Examples of hollering

  • Buy a ticket to their show and you might be surprised to see more than a few gay men in the audience cheering and hollering.

    Las Vegas Bets Big on Gays

    Itay Hod

    May 28, 2014

  • Mr. K had nothing but contempt for it all, sticking to his formula of discipline, repetition, and hollering.

    No More Coddling!

    Joanne Lipman

    October 3, 2013

  • But Obama stressed there was no whooping or hollering after the attack—they were all focused on getting the Navy SEALS out.

    Fighter Jets Escort Plane to JFK

    September 11, 2011

  • I gather that he must be pretty good at hollering, too, given his tenure as yell leader at Texas A&M.

    Ranger Rick and the Coyote

    Carol Flake Chapman

    September 10, 2011

  • Before kickoff, racial jokes popped up amid the hollering and cheering.

    The Land That Obama Forgot

    Denver Nicks

    January 25, 2009

  • Historical Examples of hollering

  • Then there was a noise, as if all the boys in our school were hollering at once.

    Harper’s Young People, August 24, 1880


  • I called her when I got in hollering distance of the house and she came and got it.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States


  • I started in to get supper for my husband and I heard them hollering.

    Old Rail Fence Corners


  • The “hollering” consisted of unusually heavy thumping, I suppose.

    The Humbugs of the World

    P. T. Barnum

  • First thing I know, there she was outside, hollering for me.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough

  • British Dictionary definitions for hollering holler verb

    1. to shout or yell (something)


    1. a shout; call

    Word Origin for holler variant of C16 hollow, from holla, from French holà stop! (literally: ho there!) Word Origin and History for hollering holler v.

    1690s, American English, variant of hollo (1540s) “to shout,” especially “to call to the hounds in hunting,” related to hello. Cf. colloquial yeller for yellow, etc. As a style of singing (originally Southern U.S.), first recorded 1936. Related: Hollered; hollering. As a noun, from 1896, earlier hollar (1825).

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