- (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
Examples from the Web for booed
Contemporary Examples of booed
Yet even after the funeral protest, de Blasio was booed and heckled while addressing a new class of recruits as well.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
Last September, the "designer" duo got booed at Lanvin's Paris fashion show after they arrived late to their front row seats.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture
December 23, 2014
Baltimore--the town that booed him and team that doubted him--needed Palmer more than at any time in the club's history.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Last year, Chappelle spent an evening on the Oddball Comedy Tour in Hartford, Conn., being heckled and booed off stage.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City
June 19, 2014
Consequently, he was booed every time he touched the ball by the boorish, and unforgiving, Brazilians in the crowd.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014
June 13, 2014
Historical Examples of booed
I meant speaking to them, but they booed and hissed at me, like geese.The Hero of Garside School
J. Harwood Panting
We had the curious experience of being "booed" on the first night.The Story of My Life
I understand now what the one clapping pair of hands must mean to the actor who is booed by all the rest of the audience.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
I was really the hero, but the printing devil had made a slip, so instead of applauding you booed.Paul Kelver
Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
Finally, he is hissed and booed and, after he has made a dumb speech of farewell, the curtain is rung down.Seeing Things at Night
- 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
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]