verb (used without object), boo·hooed, boo·hoo·ing.

to weep noisily; blubber.

noun, plural boo·hoos.

the sound of noisy weeping.

Nearby words

  1. boogie,
  2. boogie board,
  3. boogie-woogie,
  4. boogieman,
  5. boohai,
  6. boojie,
  7. boojum tree,
  8. book,
  9. book bag,
  10. book burning

Origin of boohoo

First recorded in 1515–25; rhyming compound based on boo1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boohoo

  • Then she boohoo'd too, and the tears that fell between us looked like we were artesian wells—they certainly did.

    Mary Cary|Kate Langley Bosher

British Dictionary definitions for boohoo


verb -hoos, -hooing or -hooed

to sob or pretend to sob noisily

noun plural -hoos

(sometimes plural) distressed or pretended sobbing

Word Origin for boohoo

C20: nursery talk

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