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S(c)hout, Schowt(e, n. Also: schoute, s(c)houtt. [Late ME showte (c1450), shout (1513), perhaps of the same ulterior origin as S(c)hute v. Cf. ON skúta, skúte a taunt.]

1. A loud or vehement cry; a shout; a shouted word or phrase. Freq., with (mony) (a) schout(is. (1) Than with a schout on thaim schot thai And criyt on hycht Douglas Douglas; Barb. xvi 410.
His menȝe Ar ruschit on thame with ane schout; Alex. i 1587.
To the Feind … Thay gaif thame with ane schowt on hie; Dunb. (OUP) 169/78.
The maryneris start on fut with a schout, Cryand, ‘Byde, how’; Doug. v iv 92.
Our childir ȝyng exercis bissely Huntyng with hundis, hornys, schowt and cry; Ib. ix x 36.
The huntmen … the beste assays With felloun schowtis; Ib. x xii 66.
Ib. xi x 72.
He ran … Fra place to place … With mony schout ay squeilland like a kid; Stewart 36172.
Thay set vpon thame with ane schout; Lynd. Meldrum 652.
Then over the know … They went with many a shoutt & yell; Reid Swire 112.
With pitiefull screiches, schoutis and cryis, lying in that horrible payne; 1622 Crim. Trials III 510.
(2) With that all haile a schoute thai geve; Barb. vi 160.
His wyf come out and gaif ane schout; Peblis to Play 161.
Scho … gaif ane schout, ‘How, murther, reylok!’ with ane hiddeous beir; Henr. Fab. 485.
He … gaif ane schout, And ‘Oyas! Oyas!’ … did cry; Ib. 847.
With hir nalis [she] raif hir face And gaf a schout and cryit allace; Seven S. 244.
Thai within gaif mony hiddowus schout; K. Hart 859.
Welcum, our quein, the commones gaif ane schout; Dunb. (OUP) 136/55.
Rolland Seven S. 1285.
(3) Onto the palyce … The schowtis and the cryis callys ws; Doug. ii viii 2.
A fellon bray and huge schowt vp he kest; Ib. iii x 33.
Scottis preparing to batell … rais terribil schoutis quharethrow thay think inemyis ar fleyit; Boece 384b.
Vpon the goodwife he cryed mony good shout; Wyf Awcht. 91 (K).
The wofull werye schout That scho all tyme and houris did bewray; Maitl. Q. 206/155.

b. Taken as the type of minor irritation or provocation. He wanted na mare than a schowt, For till hawe made hym brayne-wode owt; Wynt. viii 2661.

c. With a (also, mony) schout, also, once, schoutis, modifying a verb or verb phr. of uttering, singing, also (of an instrument) playing: With a loud voice or sound; loudly. (1) Scho … cryit syne lowde, wytht a schowt, ‘Now all thi fays ar thé abowt'; Wynt. iii 363.
‘Massedoun,’ thai cryit all with ane schout; Hay Alex. 3687.
The Jowis all cryit with a schowt … ‘Tollie, tollie; him on the croce crucify’; Kennedy Pass. Christ 661.
Than all the birdis song with sic a schout That I annone awoilk; Dunb. (OUP) 146/183.
For blythnes than thai sang all with ane schout; Stewart 11820.
All the kirkmen … Alluleya! with ane schout tha sang; Ib. 26483.
Quhairfoir thair rais greit murmour in that steid, With sic ane schout [etc.]; Ib. 30191.
Trumpettis and schalmis with a schowt Playid or the rink began; Scott ii 45.
Than rais'd the slogan with ane shout, ‘Fy, Tindaill [etc.]’; Reid Swire 97.
(2) Hir madin wepit … , Cryand with mony schout and voce terrible; Henr. Orph. 115.
Thus thai sang … With greit laser, and mony rycht loud schout; Stewart 11832.
(3) The Inglischemen … cryit witht hiedieous schoutis and cryis; Pitsc. I 405/30.

d. An alarm raised by shouting from person to person; hue and cry. Also fig. Also coupled with Cry n. 4 or Hoyes n. (1) Lyke as we wald do for the defense and reskew of our awin propir gudis, in caise thay wer in the samyn dangeare, we being warnit be the schowte, baillis in the cuntre, or utherwayis; 1551 (1576) Reg. Privy C. II 551.
Sall with ane woce concur togidder and rais the schoutt aganis thame; 1565 Black Bk. Taymouth 211.
Thay fallowit thé with cry and schowt Ha, hald thé, theif that stall the claith; Bann. MS 140a/13.
The crime of reif … sould be followit with recent shout and cry; Balfour Pract. 511.
In cais of ony tumoult or vproir in the toun, ilk persoun to be in redines at ane schout or clink of the commoun bell to ryis and cum to the gait boidint with vapponis; 1595 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 324.
Gif ony trespassor be fugitiue for ony crime, the schireff suld persew & follow him: And ilk gentle-man not followand the schowte or out-horne sal pay xl s.; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Schireff.
Gif ane man steilles cattell [etc.] … and the shout and cry of neighbours follow him; Id. Reg. Maj. i 69b.
They sall raise the schout and hoyes vpon him; Ib. ii 32b.
Gif the debtour … be force takes … them [sc. the poinds] away, the lord of the land or the creditour with schout and hoyes may follow him; Ib.
(2) Gif it be sufficientlie provin that scho [sc. a raped woman] delayit … ane nicht to mak shout in maner abone expremit; Balfour Pract. 510.
He sall in all possibill haist mak shout fra ane town or village unto ane uther; Ib. 511.
(3) fig. The schowttis of Montkene to be raisit at Willie Wolffis taill will furneis mony michtie peremptoris aganis the bar of Innermark; 1587 Crawford Mun. Invent. II 187 (19 Feb.).

e. Without shout and cry (frome of a place), out of earshot. Not above 100 comunicants will be without shout and cry frome of the stipleheid; 1649 Berw. Nat. C. XV 348.

2. Uproar; din; noisy shouting. b. A noisy disturbance. Lord sic ane schout wes thame amang Quhen thai wer our the wald; Peblis to Play 47.
I walknit with the noyis and schowte [of birds]; Dunb. (OUP) 164/125.
b. For the wrangus trubling of this burcht and raising of schouttis and cummerse thairin; 1573–4 Inverness Rec. I 234.

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