boo


1boo

interjection \ˈbü\

Definition of BOO

—used to express contempt or disapproval or to startle or frighten

Origin of BOO

Middle English bo
First Known Use: 15th century

2boo

noun

: a sound that people make to show they do not like or approve of someone or something

: any sound at all

plural boos

Full Definition of BOO

1
:  a shout of disapproval or contempt
2
:  any utterance at all —usually used in negative constructions <never said boo>

Examples of BOO

  1. A chorus of boos was heard after the shot missed the goal.
  2. The announcement was greeted by a mixture of boos and cheers.

First Known Use of BOO

1801

Related to BOO

Synonyms
bird [chiefly British], catcall, Bronx cheer, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry, razz, snort
Antonyms
cheer

3boo

verb

: to show dislike or disapproval of someone or something by shouting “Boo” slowly

Full Definition of BOO

intransitive verb
:  to deride especially by uttering a prolonged boo
transitive verb
:  to express disapproval of by booing <the crowd booed the referee>

Examples of BOO

  1. Many people in the crowd booed when the announcement was made.
  2. Many people in the crowd booed the announcement, but a few people cheered it.

First Known Use of BOO

1884

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