Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shout n.

also call, shoot
[shout v. (1)]

1. (Aus./N.Z.) in context of public drinking.

(a) a round of drinks.

H. Simcox Outward Bound 81: The arms are left and off they go, / And many a shout they’re treated to.
G. Walch Head over Heels 83: I [...] gave the boys round a spread an’ a shout.
G. Sutherland Tales of Goldfields 78: Two lucky diggers laid a wager which of them should treat the assembled company with the largest ‘shout.’.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 382: Here’s a shout all round for these men here.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘An Incident at Stiffner’s’ in Roderick (1972) 119: Another bushman arrived with a cheque, and shouted five times at a pound a shout.
[UK]Sporting Times 20 June 1/4: It is just as well to remind some of our friends that Sunday’s ‘Great Shout’ in Hyde Park has no connection with liquid refreshment.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Aug. 14/3: As the crowd swelled so did the cost of the shout and the numerousness of it. The whisky ranged from bad to fierce.
[UK]J. Worby Spiv’s Progress 175: After a drink all round, he dug in his pocket for another shout .
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 128: We down out pints, n ah get another shout in.

(b) one’s turn to order a round of drinks; thus your shout; my shout; stand the shout; thus shout-dodger, one who avoids his turn.

F. Fyans in Bride Letters from Vict. Pioneers (1898) 127: ‘Do you forget the shout you stood – the shout for all hands? You are in my debt now £5’ [...] says the landlord.
[Aus]W. Kelly Life in Victoria I 163: A rough fellow [...] addressed me, saying, ‘What’s yours?’ I was first at a loss, but he soon relieved me. ‘Come, brandy or beer, mate, it’s my shout?’.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 289: Shout to pay for drink round. ‘It’s my shout,’ says he who pays. Possibly because the payer originally shouted to the bar-keeper of an hotel to score the drink to him. ― Australian, but now general.
[UK]Sheffield Indep. 23 Dec. 15/1: So the bargain, the advantage of which was all on my side, was confirmed by a ‘shout’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Glass on the Bar’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 69: We owe him a shout — leave the glass on the bar.
[UK]Chevalier ‘Our Little Nipper’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 194: Drink up,’ sez ’e, ‘Three pots, miss, it’s my call.’.
[UK]H. Nisbet Bushranger’s Sweetheart 286: Our glasses being empty, and as Rainbow had done the first ‘shout,’ I went over to the bar to get them replenished.
[UK]Sporting Times 16 June 1/5: It was at a certain music-hall benefit where everybody was anxious to buy wine. ‘No, no,’ cried poor old Harry, ‘this is my shoot.’.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Send Round the Hat’ in Roderick (1972) 472: He was almost a teetotaller, but he stood his shout in reason.
[SA]P. Fitzpatrick Jock of the Bushveld 393: We had one round of drinks. [...] A few minutes later Seedling announced effusively that it was his ‘shout’.
[UK]Lawrence & Skinner Boy in Bush 260: You’re not going without a spot. Its on me. My shout.
[Aus]T. Wood Cobbers 20: I left the Trots with my new friends in search of some place of refreshment [...] where coffee could be drunk at my expense; the ‘winner’s shout’.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 281: Fill ’em up again. Your shout, Dad.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 334: Your shout, I presume? The same again?
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 27: In this country, if you want to keep out of trouble, you always return a shout, see?
[UK](con. 1930s) D. Behan Teems of Times and Happy Returns 161: Anyway, it’s my shout.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 22: What about coming up to the pub with us, an’ we’ll return the shout?
[NZ]B. Crump Odd Spot of Bother 122: Of all the barflies, shout-dodgers [...] and other hopeful hangers-on.
[UK]N. Armfelt Catching Up 12: Come on, drink up! My shout.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 21: ‘Evenin’, lads,’ boomed Bomber. ‘Whose shout is it?’.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 341: usage: ‘It’s your shout, you scunge! I’ll have a rum.’.
[UK]I. Rankin Set in Darkness 373: Rebus looked to his boss. ‘Sir, it’s my shout. Any chance you can join us?’.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] shout (your.... ) n. phrase used to signify who’s turn it is to buy a round of drinks.
[UK]I. Rankin Fleshmarket Close (2005) 240: ‘My shout,’ she said, reaching into her bag for money.

(c) a drink.

[UK]H. Nisbet ‘Bail Up!’ 14: I must lock up the prisoner – and I don’t want to miss my shout.

(d) in fig. use, a ‘turn’.

[Aus]L. Stone Jonah 101: ’Ere, ’arf a mo’ – this is my shout.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 415: On top of it all you’ve got no shout coming. It’s a mighty big come-down from gambling for a continent to gambling for a job.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 219: This little show is my shout.

2. (US black) an act of crying out or ‘speaking in tongues’, usu. in church, as the apparent result of being possessed by spirits.

[WI]E.W. Pearson Letters from Port Royal 27: We asked Cuffy if they considered the ‘shout’ as part of their religious worship.
[US] letter in Silber & Sievens Yankee Correspondence (1996) 192: I have been much amused by attending some of their shouts or religious dances – in which they form a ring singing and dancing for hours.
[US]Nation 30 May 432/2: The true ‘shout’ takes place on Sundays or on ‘praise’ nights through the week [DA].
[US]Marshall Walker ‘Somebody’s Done Me Wrong’ The Best ‘Coon Shout’ Ever Written [song title page].
[US]J. Peterkin Roll, Jordan, Roll 83: ‘Meeting’ always ends in a ‘shout,’ which may last until daybreak if the spirit comes and ‘bears down heavy’.
[US]Time 8 Sept. 25/3: Last fortnight he got up another shout in Summerville, a county seat in the northwest corner of the state [DA].

3. (US black) a party, esp. one where the guests buy their refreshments to help pay the rent.

[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 297: He who escorts a homely sheba to a dickty shout brings mud.
[US](con. 1920s) I.L. Allen City in Sl. (1995) 75: Some Harlemites called these rent parties jumps, shouts, or struts. The frenetic dancing at rent parties was why they were also called house hops and jump joints.

4. (US black) a dance.

[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 305: shout A slow one-step in which all the company gets happy.

5. a piece of information, a ‘tip-off’.

[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 95: ‘You want to keep the shooter?’ ‘We might get a shout on the blagger.’.

In phrases

give someone a shout (v.)

1. to get in touch with, usu. by telephone.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 75: Stradazzi [...] wants you to give him a shout.
[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 146: You ever want a caravan for the weekend, Timmy, just give me a shout.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We Have No 53: Just give me a shout on the mobile.
567 Talk Radio on Cape Radio 2 Mar. [radio] Give us a shout on the blower.

2. to give someone the power of decision.

[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 369: Who gave you the shout [...] Since when did you —.

3. (W.I./US) to pay a casual visit.

[WI]Allsopp Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.
go on the shout (v.)

to go out drinking.

[UK]Kipling ‘The Young British Soldier’ in Barrack-Room Ballads (1893) 187: When the cholera comes — as it will past a doubt — / Keep out of the wet and don’t go on the shout / For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out.