bü-ˈhü How to pronounce boo-hoo (audio)
variants or boohoo or less commonly boo hoo
boo-hooed or boohooed; boo-hooing or boohooing

intransitive verb

: to weep loudly and with sobs
… even the impeccable Lord Jeffrey, editor of the Edinburgh Review, confessed to having cried—blubbered, boohooed, snuffled, and sighed—over the death of Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop.Tom Wolfe
Joey kept boo-hooing like a real idiot.Christopher Paul Curtis
often used as an interjection especially in mocking imitation of another's tears, complaints, unhappiness, etc.
Before she finished her question, one twin and then the other began to cry. "Boohoo, boohoo," Ernie mocked. "I'm not staying with crybabies."Nancy Smiler Levinson
He said as long as I was being so pure, why not give her the real scoop on her old man? I said because it would crush her. Boo hoo, he said.George Saunders
boo-hoo noun
or boohoo
plural boo-hoos or boohoos
… the tough Garden crowd reacted with boos instead of boo-hoos. Richard Johnson
boo-hooing noun
or boohooing
"Woman: cease this detestable boohooing instantly; or else seek the shelter of some other place of worship." George Bernard Shaw
No one feels good after being dumped. The loudest boo-hooing seems to be coming from young people … Jane Bryant Quinn

Word History



First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boo-hoo was in 1806

Dictionary Entries Near boo-hoo

Cite this Entry

“Boo-hoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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