shout (v.)

c. 1300, shouten, schowten "to call or cry out loudly," a word of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot (v.) on the notion of "throw the voice out loudly," or related to Old Norse skuta "a taunt" (compare scout (v.2)); both of which are reconstructed to be from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw."

The transitive sense of "utter in a loud and vehement voice" is by late 14c. Related: Shouted; shouting. To be all over but (the) shouting when the outcome appears certain is by 1834.

shout (n.)

"a loud call, a vehement and sudden cry," also sometimes "clamor, uproar;" mid-14c., from shout (v.).

updated on December 06, 2022