verb (used without object)
- to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
- to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.
verb (used with object)
- to utter or yell (something) loudly.
- Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.
- a loud call or cry: He gave a shout for help.
- a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
- the act of calling or crying out loudly.
- a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
- informal, British, Australian and NZ
- a round, esp of drinks
- one’s turn to buy a round of drinks
- informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
- informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
- to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
- (intr) to make a loud noise
- (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
- all over but the shouting