Definition of hootenanny in English:


nounplural noun hootenannies

informal mainly US
  • An informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.

    • ‘we invited friends to a hootenanny in our backyard’
    • ‘hootenanny numbers’
    • ‘And unlike the preceding White Album, the jumbled juxtaposition of forms - faux-blues toss-offs, stately piano ballads, folkie hootenannies - feels less like a band overflowing with inspired ideas than one running out of them.’
    • ‘Music lovers spent less time getting together for hootenannies on the porch or jam sessions around a piano.’
    • ‘Performing a live version of ‘Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,’ Elliott tells a story about the first time he sang it at a hootenanny in New York, with Dylan in the audience.’
    • ‘We're only a trio so we can't have a hootenanny, but I'd settle for a shindig.’
    • ‘First, I placed dozens of garden gnomes on the balcony to deter enemy racoon movements, then spikes were installed on the rooftop to put a end to the animal hootenanny taking place.’
    • ‘I soon ingratiated myself and we had a hootenanny.’
    • ‘In fact, standing on stage at the TLA, they look like Christian church camp counselors organizing a hootenanny in the mess hall.’
    • ‘Also retro and old enough to have been there are Ray Condo and his Ricochets, bringing their hillbilly hootenanny to the Jello Bar on July 10.’
    • ‘I realized that a lot of my songs were singalong quality, and yeah, I can get out there and have a hootenanny vibe.’
    • ‘Televised sporting event parties are not like the classic, high school drunken rage hootenannies you may be accustomed to.’
    • ‘Synths, banjo, trumpet, and anything else found around the studio gets thrown in, creating the feeling of some sort of strange, postmodern hootenanny.’
    • ‘It feels like a hootenanny, which is probably why Waters went for it after all, giving it the official ‘Yeah, yeah, sure, sure.’’
    • ‘Each catchphrase and satirical swipe is met with evangelical enthusiasm, and while the hootenanny lasts, the spell of The Simpsons is absolutely transportive.’
    • ‘Publicans have requested late licences, and the biggest hootenanny the locality has seen is expected if Inveraray bring home the ancient trophy.’
    • ‘We stand amid the swirl of Calgary's G8 welcome party, a $300,000 miniature rodeo and western hootenanny for international delegates, accredited media and local VIPs.’
    • ‘While the presence of kazoos in the musical score indicates a perilously high level of zaniness, this hootenanny is worth a visit.’
    • ‘A few more pets and their owners were visiting and it turned into a bit of a Norwich Terrier hootenanny, as the photo below will demonstrate (in a static, on-the-lead kind of way; Millie is second from the right).’
    • ‘The annual Hogmanay hootenanny on Princes Street has shown that we breed men who can wear short-sleeved shirts despite flurries of snow, and girls who can keep on dancing even as their legs turn blue.’
    • ‘This is how The Boggs refer to their brand of hipster hootenanny, a sort of an art-punk for the early 20th century.’
    • ‘So it's with a leaden heart that I find myself at the King's for my two daughters' annual hootenanny - Aladdin.’



/ˈho͞otnˌanē/ /ˈhutnˌæni/


1920s (originally US, denoting a gadget or ‘thingummy’): of unknown origin.