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whoop

 (ho͞op, wo͞op, hwo͞op)
n.
1.
a. A loud cry of exultation or excitement.
b. A shout uttered by a hunter or warrior.
2. A hooting cry, as of a bird.
3. The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
v. whooped, whoop·ing, whoops
v.intr.
1. To utter a loud shout or cry. See Synonyms at yell.
2. To utter a hooting cry.
3. To make the paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
v.tr.
1. To utter with a whoop.
2. To chase, call, urge on, or drive with a whoop: whooping the cattle down the road.
Idiom:
whoop it up Slang
1. To have a jolly, noisy celebration.
2. To express or arouse enthusiasm; cheer: conventioneers whooping it up for their candidate.

[From Middle English whopen, to whoop, variant of hopen, from Old French hopper, of imitative origin.]
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The whooping went on, and in about a minute I come a-booming down on a cut bank with smoky ghosts of big trees on it, and the current throwed me off to the left and shot by, amongst a lot of snags that fairly roared, the currrent was tearing by them so swift.
Stuart and his comrades had not proceeded far in the canoes, when they beheld the whole rabble of Wishram stringing in groups along the bank, whooping and yelling, and gibbering in their wild jargon, and when they landed below the falls, they were surrounded by upwards of four hundred of these river ruffians, armed with bows and arrows, war clubs, and other savage weapons.
The Indians were whooping and yelling, and running about like fiends.
At break of day it came whooping across the fields to spoil my pleasant morning revery.
I went forth privily in the night-time, and turned his cattle into his fields, and in the morning heard his whooping laugh as he drove them out again.
It was between one and two o'clock at night, as Cassy was returning from her ministrations to poor Tom, that she heard the sound of wild shrieking, whooping, halloing, and singing, from the sitting-room, mingled with the barking of dogs, and other symptoms of general uproar.
Legree and both the drivers, in a state of furious intoxication, were singing, whooping, upsetting chairs, and making all manner of ludicrous and horrid grimaces at each other.
They had perceived the trappers before they were themselves discovered, and came down yelling and whooping into the plain.
Damn me if she is not gone!" instantly clapped spurs to the beast, who little needed it, having indeed the same inclination with his master; and now the whole company, crossing into a corn-field, rode directly towards the hounds, with much hallowing and whooping, while the poor parson, blessing himself, brought up the rear.
They began leaping in the air, first one and then the other, whooping and grunting.
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