• IPA: /ˌwʊptiˈduː/
  1. Exclamation indicating (now often sarcastic) excitement or enthusiasm.
    • 2001: David J. Shayler, Gemini
      'Whoop-de-doo!', yelled a surprised Conrad as the large engine ignited in front of them. That's the biggest thrill of my life.'


  1. Causing or marked by excitement, enthusiasm, or showiness.
    • 2000, Robert Christgau, Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s
      […] they presuppose not only disposable income but a commitment to affluence that insures the ultimate banality of the CD'S concrète-naif sound effects and whoop-de-doo chord changes.

whoop-de-doo (plural whoop-de-doos)

  1. A commotion or frenzy of activity or excitement.
    • 1972: Alec Wilder, American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
      And, without any dramatic whoop-de-doo at the close of this song, he merely restates his simple, sentimental first phrase.
    • 2001: Dick Harte, Off Season
      We had to see what the whoop-dee-doo was all about, these crowds of Catholics trekking here for hundreds of years.
  2. An event marked by such commotion, activity, or excitement.
    • 2003: Marshall Chapman, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller
      It was a big whoop-de-doo. Hanes Auditorium was packed to the gills.
  3. (horse racing) A style of racing in which the jockey establishes an early lead and then runs as fast as possible.
  4. (motorcycle racing or car racing) A bump in the track that causes a vehicle to become briefly airborne.

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