Definition of owl-hoot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaʊlhuːt/


  • 1 archaic, rare Dusk, nightfall.

  • 2The hooting sound made by an owl; a sound imitating or resembling this.

  • 3US slang In form owlhoot. Especially in the language of Wild West fiction, etc.: a fugitive, an outlaw. Hence: a worthless or contemptible person. Frequently attributive, especially in "owlhoot trail" (used allusively with reference to the life of a fugitive or outlaw).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From owl + hoot.