(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.
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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
verb boos, booing, booed
to shout “boo” at (someone or something), esp as an expression of disgust, dissatisfaction, or disapproval: to boo the actors
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]
An exclamation of disapproval, the equivalent of a hiss (1890s+)
A supposedly frightening exclamation, such as a ghost might give: She jumped out of the closet and hollered ”Boo!” (1940s+)
adjective (Austral, informal) muscular and strong but stupid (of the hair) voluminous puffed out: boofy sleeves
boog Historical Examples Woman’s Endurance A.D.L.
boogaloo : That’s really voodoo music, man, boogaloo music : Go out and have a bugaloo good time : They boogalooed down the street To carry on jocularly; play; tease; fool around
Informal. any person or thing: That shark was a mean-looking booger. Paddle the little booger and send him home. Slang. a piece of dried mucus in or from the nose. bogeyman. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. any ghost, hobgoblin, or other frightening apparition. Contemporary Examples Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and […]