hootingly, adv.
/hooht/, v.i.
1. to cry out or shout, esp. in disapproval or derision.
2. to utter the cry characteristic of an owl.
3. to utter a similar sound.
4. Chiefly Brit. to blow a horn or whistle; toot.
5. to assail with shouts of disapproval or derision: The fans hooted the umpire.
6. to drive out, off, or away by hooting.
7. to express in hoots: The crowd hooted its disagreement with the speaker.
8. the cry of an owl.
9. any similar sound, as an inarticulate shout.
10. a cry or shout, esp. of disapproval or derision.
11. Brit. a horn, siren, or whistle, esp. a factory whistle.
12. Informal. the least bit of concern, interest, or thought; trifle: I don't give a hoot.
13. Slang. an extremely funny person, situation, or event: Your mother's a hoot when she tells about her escapades in boarding school.
[1150-1200; ME hoten, huten, houten (v.); perh. imit.]
Syn. 1, 5. jeer, boo, hiss. 5. razz.
/hooht/, interj. Scot. and North Eng.
(used as an expression of impatience, dissatisfaction, objection, or dislike.)
[1675-85; cf. Sw hut, Welsh hwt, Ir ut begone!]

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