a loud shout, cry, or noise; specif.,
- a shrill and prolonged cry, as of excitement, exultation, ferocity, etc.
- a hoot, as of an owl
- the gasping sound marking the convulsive intake of air that immediately follows a fit of coughing in whooping cough
ME houpen, to call, shout, echoic (or < ? OFr houper, to call afar off, cry out)
to utter, or move along with, a whoop or whoops