hootenanny
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1929 1. chiefly dialect gadget 2. a gathering at which folksingers entertain often with the audience joining in

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  • Hootenanny — was used in the early twentieth century America to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit , as in hand me that hootenanny . Hootenanny was also an old country… …   Wikipedia

  • hootenanny — informal session of folk musicians, 1940, Amer.Eng., earlier a gadget (1927), of unknown origin, perhaps a nonsense word. Another device used by the professional car thief, and one recently developed to perfection, according to a large Chicago… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hootenanny — hoot en*an*ny n. 1. An informal social gathering or concert featuring mostly folk songs, sometimes dancing, and where the audience often participates in the singing. [PJC] 2. Same as {whatchamacallit}; a thingumbob. [Obsolescent, chiefly dial.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hootenanny — ☆ hootenanny [ho͞ot′ n an΄ē ] n. pl. hootenannies [orig. in sense of “dingus,” “thingamajig”; a fanciful coinage] a meeting of folk singers, as for public entertainment …   English World dictionary

  • Hootenanny — Hoo|te|nan|ny [ hu:tənæni ], die; , s, auch: der od. das; [s], s [engl. hootenanny, H. u.]: [improvisiertes] gemeinsames Volksliedersingen. * * * Hootenanny   [amerikanisch, hu:tn ænɪ], ursprünglich Bezeichnung für eine zwanglose Party mit Musik …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Hootenanny — La Hootenanny est un rassemblement de musiciens folk de caractère festif aux États Unis. Woody Guthrie et Pete Seeger baptisèrent ainsi leurs réunions musicales hebdomadaires à New York dans les années 50. Joan Baez a justement comparé les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hootenanny — Hoo|te|nan|ny [ hu:tənæni] die; , s, auch der od. das; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. amerik. hootenanny (Herkunft unsicher)> [improvisiertes] gemeinsames Volksliedersingen …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • hootenanny — A gathering bigger than a shindig, but smaller than a rave. Are you going to Ryan s hootenanny? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • hootenanny — A gathering bigger than a shindig, but smaller than a rave. Are you going to Ryan s hootenanny? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • hootenanny — /hooht n an ee, hooht nan /, n., pl. hootenannies. 1. a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing. 2. an informal session at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment. 3.… …   Universalium

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