verb (used without object)

  1. to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
  2. to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.

verb (used with object)

  1. to utter or yell (something) loudly.
  2. Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.


  1. a loud call or cry: He gave a shout for help.
  2. a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
  3. the act of calling or crying out loudly.


  1. a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
  2. informal, British, Australian and NZ
    1. a round, esp of drinks
    2. one’s turn to buy a round of drinks
  3. informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
  4. informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty


  1. to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
  2. (intr) to make a loud noise
  3. (tr) Australian and NZ informal to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink

c.1300, schowten “to call or cry out loudly,” of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot (v.) on the notion of “throw the voice out loudly,” or related to Old Norse skuta “a taunt” (cf. scout (v.2)). Related: Shouted; shouting.


late 14c., from shout (v.).

In addition to the idioms beginning with shout

  • shout down
  • shout from the rooftops

also see:

  • all over but the shouting

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