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Hoopoe \Hoop"oe\, Hoopoo \Hoop"oo\, n. [So called from its cry; cf. L. upupa, Gr. ?, D. hop, F. huppe; cf. also G. wiedenhopf, OHG. wituhopfo, lit., wood hopper.] (Zool.) A European bird of the genus Upupa (Upupa epops), having a beautiful crest, which it can erect or depress at pleasure, and a slender down-curving bill. Called also hoop, whoop. The name is also applied to several other species of the same genus and allied genera.
Hoop \Hoop\, v. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout; -- a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in calling. Cf. Whoop.]
To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout. [Usually written whoop.] [1913 Webster]
To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop. [1913 Webster] Hooping cough. (Med.) See Whooping cough. [1913 Webster]
Whoop \Whoop\, n. [See Hoopoe.] (Zool.) The hoopoe. [1913 Webster]
Whoop \Whoop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whooped; p. pr. & vb. n. Whooping.] [OE. houpen. See Hoop, v. i.] [1913 Webster]
To utter a whoop, or loud cry, as eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment; to cry out; to shout; to halloo; to utter a war whoop; to hoot, as an owl. [1913 Webster] Each whooping with a merry shout. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] When naught was heard but now and then the howl Of some vile cur, or whooping of the owl. --W. Browne. [1913 Webster]
To cough or breathe with a sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough. [1913 Webster]
Whoop \Whoop\, v. t. To insult with shouts; to chase with derision. [1913 Webster] And suffered me by the voice of slaves to be Whooped out of Rome. --Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
Whoop \Whoop\, n.
A shout of pursuit or of war; a very of eagerness, enthusiasm, enjoyment, vengeance, terror, or the like; an halloo; a hoot, or cry, as of an owl. [1913 Webster] A fox, crossing the road, drew off a considerable detachment, who clapped spurs to their horses, and pursued him with whoops and halloos. --Addison. [1913 Webster] The whoop of the crane. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]
A loud, shrill, prolonged sound or sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whoop n : a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement


1 shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm; "The children whooped when they were led to the picnic table"
2 cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day" [syn: hack]

Moby Thesaurus

ace, bark, battle cry, bawl, bellow, call, caterwaul, cheer, cry, damn, hail, halloo, holler, hollo, hoot, howl, hurrah, jot, lota, modicum, rallying cry, ray, roar, scream, screech, shout, shred, shriek, squall, squawk, squeal, war cry, war whoop, whit, yammer, yap, yawl, yawp, yell, yelp, yo-ho, yowl


Etymology 1

whopen, from hopper, houpper, originally onomatopoeic.


  • , /wuːp/, /wu:p/ or , /huːp/, /hu:p/
  • Rhymes with: -uːp
  • Homophones: hoop (for one pronunciation of the noun and the associated intransitive verb)


  1. An exclamation, a cry, usually of joy.
  2. A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough.
  3. In the context of "prison": A sound made by one inmate to warn other inmates that a guard is approaching the area.


An exclamation, a cry, usually of joy
A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough


  1. To make a whoop.
  2. In the context of "prison": To warn a fellow inmate of an approaching guard.

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Etymology 2

Corruption of whip.


  • , /wʊp/, /wUp/


  1. In the context of "transitive|informal": To beat, to strike.
  2. In the context of "transitive|informal": To defeat thoroughly.


To beat, to strike
To defeat thoroughly

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