To laugh; cackle: Goodman and Francie were hooting it up
[1980s+; hoot, ”to laugh,” is found by 1925]
[hoot-n] /ˈhut n/ noun 1. Earnest Albert [ur-nist] /ˈɜr nɪst/ (Show IPA), 1887–1954, U.S. anthropologist and writer.
noun 1. any of various owls that hoot. noun 1. any owl that utters a hooting cry, as distinct from a screech owl
[hoot] /hut/ verb (used without object) 1. to cry out or shout, especially in disapproval or derision. 2. to utter the cry characteristic of an owl. 3. to utter a similar sound. 4. Chiefly British. to blow a horn or whistle; toot. verb (used with object) 5. to assail with shouts of disapproval or derision: […]
adjective Excellent; delightful; amusing: Wasn’t that a hooty rendition? (1980s+)