boo-hoo

verb \ bü-ˈhü , ˈbü-ˌhü \
variants: or boohoo or less commonly boo hoo

Definition of 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

or boohoo noun, plural boo-hoos or boohoos
    • … the tough Garden crowd reacted with boos instead of boo-hoos.
    • —Richard Johnson

boo-hooing

or boohooing noun
    • "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

Origin and Etymology of boo-hoo

imitative


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