boo–hoo

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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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 1833


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