- (used to express contempt or disapprobation or to startle or frighten).
- an exclamation of contempt or disapproval: a loud boo from the bleachers.
- to cry boo in derision.
- to show disapproval of by booing.
Origin of boo1
- Slang. marijuana.
Origin of boo2
- one's boyfriend or girlfriend.
Origin of boo3
Examples from the Web for boo
Contemporary Examples of boo
I could call him my “boo,” but when I tried it out he rolled his eyes.What Should I Call the Man I Love?
November 18, 2014
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, taken as a part of the TV landscape, actually meant something.The Shocking Rise and Fall of ‘Honey Boo Boo’
October 24, 2014
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
October 29, 2013
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.Why Palestinians Welcomed Fayyad’s Resignation
April 16, 2013
Historical Examples of boo
And you look now as if somebody's ghost had riz and hollered 'Boo!'Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
He dashed up noisily from the underbrush, swung his arms, and shouted, “Boo!”The Boy Settlers
Our sleigh tumbled on one side or the other, upsetting before we could say "Boo!"The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
In the daytime she has a weakness for picture hats, and she can't say boo to a goose.'The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
But this time Miss Wayne never said 'boo,' when I couldn't hold in any longer.Heart of Gold
Ruth Alberta Brown
- an exclamation uttered to startle or surprise someone, esp a child
- a shout uttered to express disgust, dissatisfaction, or contempt, esp at a theatrical production, political meeting, etc
- would not say boo to a goose is extremely timid or diffident
- to shout "boo" at (someone or something), esp as an expression of disgust, dissatisfaction, or disapprovalto boo the actors
Word Origin and History for boo
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]