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[boo] /bu/
interjection
1.
(used to express contempt or disapprobation or to startle or frighten).
noun, plural boos.
2.
an exclamation of contempt or disapproval:
a loud boo from the bleachers.
verb (used without object), booed, booing.
3.
to cry boo in derision.
verb (used with object), booed, booing.
4.
to show disapproval of by booing.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; expressive formation
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Examples for booed
  • The video was loudly booed and hostile signs could be seen throughout the stadium.
  • The team were booed, as many thought that panic attack should have went through.
British Dictionary definitions for booed

boo

/buː/
interjection
1.
an exclamation uttered to startle or surprise someone, esp a child
2.
a shout uttered to express disgust, dissatisfaction, or contempt, esp at a theatrical production, political meeting, etc
3.
would not say boo to a goose, is extremely timid or diffident
verb boos, booing, booed
4.
to shout "boo" at (someone or something), esp as an expression of disgust, dissatisfaction, or disapproval to boo the actors
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Word Origin and History for booed
boo
"to startle," early 15c., boh, "A combination of consonant and vowel especially fitted to produce a loud and startling sound" [OED, which compares L. boare, Gk. boaein "to cry aloud, roar, shout."]; as an expression of disapproval, 1801 (n.), 1816 (v.); hence, the verb meaning "shower someone with boos" (1893). To say boo "open one's mouth, speak," originally was to say boo to a goose.
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Slang definitions & phrases for booed

boo 1

adjective

Excellent; remarkable: Something that used to be known as the cat's whiskers is now called ''deadly boo'' (1950s+)

noun

Marijuana or another narcotic: I got over there and she lays this dynamite boo on me, I mean super shit (1930s+ Jazz musicians)

Related Terms

tickety-boo

[noun sense said to be fr black English jabooby, ''marijuana, so called because it induces a state of fear or anxiety,'' of unknown origin; but possibly fr Budda, ''marijuana'']


boo 2

interjection
  1. An exclamation of disapproval, the equivalent of a hiss (1890s+)
  2. A supposedly frightening exclamation, such as a ghost might give: She jumped out of the closet and hollered ''Boo!'' (1940s+)
verb

: Next time at bat he was roundly booed


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Related Abbreviations for booed

BOO

Bootes (constellation)
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