Hoot it’s a verb that comes from the Latin word ululāre. The concept refers to howl, yell, or yell.

Some example sentences

For instance: “As I walked through the forest in the middle of the night, the howling of the wolves was very terrifying to me”, “There are those who believe that the hooting of an owl anticipates a misfortune, but for me that is nothing more than nonsense”, “I am quite tired since the howling of the birds did not let me sleep”.

Howling wolves

The howling of wolves can be terrifying

As we mentioned above, the sound with which hooting is related falls into the category of those that produce fear or startles, which are surprising for their intensity and are not very sharp or precise. The first example talks about Wolves, of the sounds that they emit during the night in a forest and the sensations that this causes to the emitter. We must point out that probably the rest of the animals in the area do not feel the same as a human being, because the problem in this case is our lack of understanding of their language.

All three examples speak of animals. In the second we have a much more common use because it refers to the birds, more precisely to an owl. Since hooting is characterized, among other things, by being very sharp, it is normal that we apply this term to the species of smaller vocal cords. Returning to the sentence, the sender tries to demystify the idea that when an owl sings in this way, it announces some fatal event that is about to happen.

Finally we have an example in which hooting is presented as something “annoying”, and not as a necessarily horrible sound. A person complains about birds because they do not allow him to rest with so much bustle. We must remember that the height of the hoot is crucial in this case: if it were very low-pitched sounds, something that we might call a “murmur”, it would probably be less invasive. But its sharpness allows it to reach a greater distance and it is easier for our ears to perceive.

Common uses of “hoot”

It is common for the notion of hooting to be used with respect to sounds emitted by animals. It is often said that birds hoot, although the notion is also valid for mammals.

The howl of the wind, on the other hand, is the production of noise generated by currents and bursts of air. This hooting can be annoying and cause anxiety, uncertainty or distress in some cases.

The mermaids they also hoot. East sound characteristic serves as warning or alarm and sometimes has a symbolic connotation.

Above we mentioned some of the sonic characteristics of hooting, especially its high-pitched nature, something that is proven in these three examples. In particular in the sirens of ambulances, police cars and fire engines, which are three creations of the human being, a sound that was capable of passing through the typical cacophony of the big cities, to put itself above to fulfill its mission of alerting the citizens and ensuring that they do not get in their way.

Wail siren

The sound of the ambulance siren is also called “hooting.”

Everyday situations

Suppose a ambulance transfers a patient who is in serious condition. To get to the hospital, the vehicle must move at high speed. In this setting, the wail of the siren helps other drivers to pull away and clear the way.

To remember the victims of a fatal fire, meanwhile, firefighters can wail the sirens of the barracks and the fire engine on each anniversary. In this way, every year, on the same day and at the same time, the hooting is heard throughout the town.