General English


  • verb to type a message or electronic mail in capital letters


  • noun an appeal made against a batsman
    Citation ‘Botham had one convincing shout against Richards and then beat him with a ball of exquisite beauty’ (Robin Marlar, Sunday Times 1 July 1984)
    Citation ‘His first lbw shout against Flintoff yesterday morning seemed either to be stuck on an endless loop or echoing off the Fox Road Stand’s space age roof’ (Haigh 2005)


  • To use all capital letters when communicating via email, messaging, chat, or the like. It is more respectful and generally nicer, for instance, to emphasize using asterisks, as in *really*, as opposed to REALLY.


  • noun a bold statement promoting a book, either printed on the cover or on posters and leaflets


  • noun a short slogan advertising a book, which is printed in large letters, in advertisements or on the book jacket


  • noun a round of drinks or the ordering thereof
  • noun a message indicating an emergency, request for help, etc. (usually by radio). A piece of jargon used by police and the emergency services.
  • verb to vomit
  • verb to buy (someone) a drink, to treat someone to something

Origin & History of “shout”

The origins of shout are disputed. One school of thought traces it back to the prehistoric Germanic base *skeut-, *skaut-, *skut- ‘project’ (source of English sheet and shoot), as if its etymological meaning were ‘throw one’s voice out forcibly’, while another views it as a borrowing from Old Norse skúta ‘taunt’, which may be a distant relative of Greek kudázein ‘abuse’.