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n. pl. hoot·en·an·nies
1. An informal performance by folksingers, typically with participation by the audience.
2. Informal An unidentified or unidentifiable gadget.

[Origin unknown.]
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n, pl -nies
1. (Music, other) an informal performance by folk singers
2. chiefly US something the name of which is unspecified or forgotten
[C20: of unknown origin]
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(ˈhut nˌæn i, ˈhutˌnæn-)

n., pl. -nies.
an informal concert at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment, often with audience participation.
(orig. uncertain]
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nHootenanny f
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