noun, plural boos.
verb (used without object), booed, boo·ing.
verb (used with object), booed, boo·ing.
- bony palate,
- boo-hurrah theory,
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Examples from the Web for boo
I could call him my “boo,” but when I tried it out he rolled his eyes.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, taken as a part of the TV landscape, actually meant something.
It was a case of the jitters, a nation primed to jump at the word “Boo!”When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It|Marc Wortman|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Big Boo is also one of the few characters who seems to “get” prison.
The U.S. administration would gush over Fayyad, just stopping short of calling him their Boo.
I swept the stairs this morning, but the dust gathers before you can say boo, and that dress won't do up.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Mr. Perley had arisen and was holding up his hand for silence, when with one terrific "Boo!"Cap'n Eri|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Its features lighted up with mirth, and the lips formed the unmistakable monosyllable: "Boo!"The Unspeakable Perk|Samuel Hopkins Adams
I was quite a little chap, and hustled out of sight if I said 'boo.'Mrs. Geoffrey|Duchess
My dear old companion, Boo, who was with me, resented this very much: "How can you say such things to my Nelly?"The Story of My Life|Ellen Terry
verb boos, booing or booed
expression meant to startle, early 15c., boh, "A combination of consonant and vowel especially fitted to produce a loud and startling sound" [OED, which compares Latin boare, Greek boaein "to cry aloud, roar, shout."]; as an expression of disapproval, 1801 (n.), 1816 (v.); hence, the verb meaning "shower someone with boos" (1893).
Booing was common late 19c. among London theater audiences and at British political events; In Italy, Parma opera-goers were notorious boo-birds, but the custom seems to have been little-known in America till c.1910.
To say boo "open one's mouth, speak," originally was to say boo to a goose.
To be able to say Bo! to a goose is to be not quite destitute of courage, to have an inkling of spirit, and was probably in the first instance used of children. A little boy who comes across some geese suddenly will find himself hissed at immediately, and a great demonstration of defiance made by them, but if he can pluck up heart to cry 'bo!' loudly and advance upon them, they will retire defeated. The word 'bo' is clearly selected for the sake of the explosiveness of its first letter and the openness and loudness of its vowel. [Walter W. Skeat, "Cry Bo to a Goose, "Notes and Queries," 4th series vi Sept. 10, 1870]