I. verb Etymology: Middle English whopen, houpen, from Anglo-French huper, of imitative origin Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to utter a whoop in expression of eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment ; shout 2. to utter the cry of an owl ; hoot 3. to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough 4. a. to go or pass with a loud noise b. to be rushed through by acclamation or with noisy support <
the bill whooped through both houses
transitive verb 1. a. to utter or express with a whoop b. to urge, drive, or cheer on with a whoop 2. to agitate in behalf of 3. raise, boost <
whoop up the price
II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a loud yell expressive of eagerness, exuberance, or jubilation — often used interjectionally b. a shout of hunters or of men in battle or pursuit 2. the cry of an owl ; hoot 3. the crowing intake of breath following a paroxysm in whooping cough 4. a minimum amount or degree ; the least bit <
not worth a whoop

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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