This are the usual meanings of hoot:
- To hoot means ‘to cry or shout’, especially in a mocking way.
- Talking about owls, it means ‘to cry’ and it can also be used if anyone or anything makes a similar sound to an owl’s cry.
- In British English, it also means ‘to sound the horn of a motor vehicle.’
- As a noun, the cry of an owl or any similar sound is a hoot and so is a shout, especially if it’s a mocking shout.
- As a slang term, a funny person or situation can also be a hoot, although this sense is now dated.
- The crowd hooted at the politician’s extravagant claims.
- An owl hooted somewhere in the darkness.
- Angry at the delay, drivers were hooting furiously.
- I heard the hoot of an owl.
- The unsuccessful comedian left the stage to the sound of the audience’s hoots.
- We should invite Davina to the party; she’s always such a hoot.
It can be used as an idiom:
- I don’t care a hoot / I don’t care two hoots.
We could translate this idiom into Spanish:
- No me importa un pepino/comino/pimiento…
But besides theese meanings, in the dialects of Scotland and Northern England, hoot can be used as an interjection, expressing impatience or dissatisfaction and preceding a disagreeing or contradictory statement:
- Hoot! I prefer going to the cinema instead of whatching the movie at home