Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shout v.


1. to buy a round of drinks (for someone) [one shouts to the publican for drink].

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 28 Jan. 3/1: She declared that she took her friend, Edward Jones, into the Ogilvie grub department, and there shouted for two nobblers of brandy and a bottle of lemonade.
[Aus]‘A. Pendragon’ Queen of the South 9: Croker is going to shout: come in.
[Aus]T. McCombie Aus. Sketches 80: Gentlemen required a great deal of attendance, did not ‘shout’ (the slang term for ordering grog) every quarter of an hour, and therefore spent comparatively nothing.
Sth Aus. Chron. (Adelaide, SA) 1 Jan. 9/5: Down to North-terrace let us then adjourn, / And if to vulgar slang I may descend, / I’ll ‘shout’ all round.
[UK]M.E. Braddon To the Bitter End III 123: When the lucky digger was wont to ‘shout’—that is to say, pay the shot—for the refreshment of his comrades.
[NZ]N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 8 July 259/2: Any bushwhacker who is prepared to ‘pay his footing’ by ‘shouting’ for these sucking orators is welcomed to the charmed circle, and allowed to air his grievances.
[UK]Sporting Times 27 Sept. 7/1: ‘Shout the house,’ if funds permit.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Mar. 10/4: The object of this society is ingeniously admitted to be the consumption of beer and the encouragement of the fine old practice of ‘shouting.’.
[UK]‘Aus. Colloquialisms’ in All Year Round 30 July 67/2: Each man in turn ‘shouts’ — that is to say, stands treat to the rest of the gathering.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 194: We had our drinks, and shouted for the landlord and the people in the bar.
[Aus]K. Mackay Out Back 265: Now then boys, who shouts? [...] What’s it to be, lads? Nominate your poisons.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘His Brother’s Keeper’ in Roderick (1972) 521: I had a drink with Thomas. Then, of course, I shouted in my turn.
[UK]C. Tomalin Venturesome Tom 54: The Count celebrated his victory by ‘shouting’ (which means paying for drinks) for everyone in the hotel.
[Aus]‘Henry Handel Richardson’ Aus. Felix (1971) 42: Shout us a drink, old pal!
[UK](con. WWI) E. Lynch Somme Mud 105: I [...] shout myself and the two signallers a good rum each.
[Aus]T. Wood Cobbers 467: Bill the donkey-driver had come to town and was shouting drinks for the crowd.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 140: He regretted now that he had turned down that free beer the lorry-driver had offered. But the man might have expected him to shout back, and the busker had only a shilling in the world.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 26: I shouted for you, now it’s your turn to shout for me.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Yarns of Billy Borker 23: He rushed in and said he’d won the lottery. Shouted for the bar to prove it.
[NZ]R. Hall Glide Time 73: I’ll be going over to celebrate even if he doesn’t shout.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 62: The traditional compulsion to ‘shout’ rounds of drinks seems to be disappearing.
[Aus]Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 238: Let me shout you a stout. I hear that drinking stout puts lead in your pencil.
[Aus]P. Carey Theft 21: We’ll shout you a shandy.
[Aus] A. Savage ‘Killing Peacocks’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I had to shout a round for the winner.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 278: A round of drinks is shouted up as they commisterate with Doughheid.

2. to treat (other than to liquor).

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Apr. 9/1: If any one will ‘shout’ us a castle, and allow us to choose our own architects and contractors, we will risk the collapse.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 185: He gave up beer and other selfish little indulgences, in order to have it in his power to shout the young lady to 2s. seats at the Royal.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘At the Opera’ in Benno and Some of the Push 87: He shouted Miss Gwynne to a two-shilling seat at the opera.
[Aus]L. Stone Jonah 98: It’s up ter yous ter shout.
[Aus]J. Doone Timely Tips For New Australians 23: TO ‘SHOUT.’—To treat, generally applied to liquid refreshment.
[Aus]T. Wood Cobbers 54: She’s not much to look at – I really ought to shout her a fresh coat of paint.
[Aus]K. Tennant Foveaux 140: Any time Tommy tried to shout the family to the picture show there was a unanimous firm refusal.
[US]Baker ‘Influence of American Sl. on Australia’ in AS XVIII:4 255: Here are a few of the items included: [...] shout, to stand treat.
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 6: I’ve got two bob if you’d like to shout me to the pitchers.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 42: We cleaned up enough to shout ourselves a trip to England.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 14: ‘I hereby invite yer ter come with us.’ ‘You shoutin’?’.
[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 78: Henry was too miserable to shout himself a collar and chain.
[NZ]B. Crump Odd Spot of Bother 115: You could shout yourself a flash car.
[NZ]B. Crump ‘Fred’ in Best of Barry Crump (1974) 295: It’s just about time you shouted yourself a new outfit, isn’t it Scratcher?
[Aus]M. Bail Holden’s Performance (1989) 349: On the last night he shouted Vern a meal in the capital’s only greasy fish ’n’ chip shop.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 118: A hundred’s all I’ve got right now. But I’ll shout you a taste.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Rev. 24 Oct. 14: Sure, if the Royals came here, I’d shout them a cup of coffee.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 59: Come on, I’ll shout you a cappuccino.
[Aus]P. Carey Theft 81: He was sufficiently cashed-up so might have shouted me a real mixed grill.

3. (US) of things, to be undeniably important; of a person, to utter a supposedly important statement.

[UK]Pall Mall Gazette 25 July 3/1: Figures which, to use an Americanism, fairly ‘shout’ [DA].
[US]C.E. Mulford Hopalong Cassidy Returns 103: Yo’re shoutin’ gospel, stranger [...] This feller Perkins is plumb bad.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 100: ‘Tied to a desk all day ain’t much of a life.’ ‘Yo’re shoutin’ – it’d give me the willies in a week,’ the other agreed.

4. (US black) to cry out or ‘speak in tongues’, usu. in church, as the apparent result of being possessed by spirits.

[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.

In derivatives

shouted (adj.)

(Aus./N.Z.) used of a drink that is paid for by someone other than the drinker.

[NZ]J.A. Manderson Beer Slops 6: Sometimes [...] the barman having sipped a ‘shouted’ drink, will tip the remainder into the bucket [DNZE].

In phrases

shout oneself hoarse (v.) [pun on the actual shouting – to attract attention to one’s generosity and as a result of one’s drunkenness]

1. to get drunk.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 1062/1: —1903.

2. to buy a round of drinks for the whole bar.

[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight 246: In Australia the gesture is shouting oneself hoarse.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

shout at one’s shoes (v.)

(US campus) to vomit.

[UK]M. Belmonte Compter Science and Why (1993) [Internet] I was struck with [...] the plethora of words and phrases meaning ‘vomit’ and/or ‘to vomit’ [...] At most American colleges and universities, a weekend cannot pass without seeing multitudes [...] shout at their shoes.
shout for Ruth (v.) [Ruth = echoic]

(Aus.) to vomit.

[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 32: Kark: To ‘chunder’, to have ‘a technicolour yawn’, laugh at the ground’ or ‘shout for Ruth.’.
shout the odds (v.)

to talk loudly, to boast.

[UK]Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 257: To shout the odds, to talk too much: to brag: to grumble.
[UK](con. 1914–18) Brophy & Partridge Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 164: It’s no good of you shouting the odds, Ma. I’m in charge, here.
[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 10: He was still shouting the odds about this blag.
[UK]A. Burgess Doctor Is Sick (1972) 53: Lie still, keep quiet [...] I hear that you’ve been shouting the odds or something.
[UK]W. Granville Sailors’ Sl. 97/2: Rort, to shout in argument or act truculently [...] In Cockney Slang to rort is to ‘shout the odds’.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Confessions 168: All the silly bastard was doing was shouting the odds about the Pope.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 155: If you want to shout the odds about what’s in the Bible, wait till you get where we’re going.
[UK]N. Griffiths Stump 52: Just look out for some mouthy fuckin no-mark shoutin the friggin odds an he’s ar man.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 256: N dinnae shout the fuckin odds at me, cunty baws, or yi’ll git yir fuckin mooth burst.

In exclamations

now you’re shouting!

an excl. of encouragement.

[US]Wichita Eagle (KS) 24 Dec. 7/1: Such expressions as [...] ‘I should snicker,’ ‘Now you’re shoutin’,’ etc. [...] are certainly not polite.