[ boi-kot ]
/ ˈbɔɪ kɒt /

verb (used with object)

to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion: to boycott a store.
to abstain from buying or using: to boycott foreign products.


the practice of boycotting.
an instance of boycotting.

Origin of boycott

after Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880

Related forms

boy·cott·er, nounan·ti·boy·cott, noun, adjectivepro·boy·cott, adjective

Can be confused

boycott embargo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boycott

British Dictionary definitions for boycott (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɔɪkɒt) /


(tr) to refuse to have dealings with (a person, organization, etc) or refuse to buy (a product) as a protest or means of coercionto boycott foreign produce


an instance or the use of boycotting

Word Origin for boycott

C19: after Captain C. C. Boycott (1832–97), Irish land agent for the Earl of Erne, County Mayo, Ireland, who was a victim of such practices for refusing to reduce rents

British Dictionary definitions for boycott (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbɔɪkɒt) /


Geoff (rey). born 1940, English cricketer: played for Yorkshire (1962–86); played in 108 test matches (1964–1982); first England batsman to score 8,000 test runs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for boycott


The refusal to purchase the products of an individual, corporation, or nation as a way to bring social and political pressure for change.

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