Hootenanny



[hoot-n-an-ee, hoot-nan-] /ˈhut nˌæn i, ˈhutˌnæn-/

noun, plural hootenannies.
1.
a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.
2.
an informal session at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment.
3.
Older Use. a thingumbob.
/ˈhuːtəˌnænɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
an informal performance by folk singers
2.
(mainly US) something the name of which is unspecified or forgotten
n.

“informal session of folk musicians,” 1940, American English, earlier “a gadget” (1927), of unknown origin, perhaps a nonsense word.

Another device used by the professional car thief, and one recently developed to perfection, according to a large Chicago lock-testing laboratory, is a “hootenanny,” so-called by the criminals using it. [“Popular Mechanics,” February 1931]

noun

The game of basketball: meet to play hoops at the Y

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