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boo

interjection \ ˈbü \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of boo

used to express contempt or disapproval or to startle or frighten

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Origin and Etymology of boo

Middle English bo


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boo

noun

Definition of boo

plural boos
1 :a shout of disapproval or contempt
2 :any utterance at all usually used in negative constructions
  • never said boo

Examples of boo in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of boo from the Web

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First Known Use of boo

1801

boo Synonyms

Synonyms
bird [chiefly British], catcall, Bronx cheer, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry, razz, snort
Antonyms
cheer
Related Words
smirk, sneer, snicker, snigger; gibe (or jibe), put-down, taunt; whistle
Near Antonyms
applause, clapping

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boo

verb

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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of boo from the Web

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First Known Use of boo

1833


BOO Defined for English Language Learners

boo

noun

Definition of boo for English Language Learners

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

  • : any sound at all


boo

verb

Definition of boo for English Language Learners

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


BOO Defined for Kids

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boo

interjection \ ˈbü \

Definition of boo for Students

used to express disapproval or to startle or frighten

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boo

noun

Definition of boo for Students

plural boos
:a cry expressing disapproval

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boo

verb

Definition of boo for Students

booed; booing
:to express disapproval of with boos


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