Definition of peanut gallery in English:

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peanut gallery

Pronunciation: /ˈpēnət ˈɡal(ə)rē/


North American informal
1The top gallery in a theater, where the cheaper seats are located.
Example sentences
  • She observed that planthoppers in the peanut gallery would lift a foot or two, presumably for better hearing: the other feet, bearing more weight, thus became more sensitive to vibration.
  • When Kate next saw Holly it was from the peanut gallery.
  • I can already hear ten thousand asthmatic cries of disbelief rising in the peanut gallery.
1.1A group of people who criticize someone, often by focusing on insignificant details: he might find that playing the sport he loves isn’t worth the aggravation from the peanut gallery’s probing of his privacy
More example sentences
  • The best was when he landed and the hot crew peanut gallery was like, ‘Who are you?’
  • No comments from the peanut gallery, thank-you.
  • It sounds like I'm in the minority here, but count me as a negative vote from the peanut gallery.

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Syllabification: pea·nut gal·ler·y

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