- 1Said suddenly to surprise someone: “Boo!” she cried, jumping up to frighten him[probably an alteration of earlier bo, used in the same way since late Middle English]More example sentences
- Behind the church, right at the back of the graveyard (a graveyard I used to have to walk past in the dark with a sadistic little sister who thought it funny to say boo) is a tiny ruin.
- I kept looking at them, waiting for a face to appear, to say hi or boo.
- Ethan looked kind of nervous, I had the sudden urge to jump up and scream boo just to see what he'd do.
- 2Said to show disapproval or contempt, especially at a performance or athletic contest.More example sentences
- Unfortunately, one of the curtain rod kits I'd bought didn't have the mounting hardware inside, so I'm going to have to get another one - boo!
- I have to get the whole broken on-off button on my cell phone seen to or else buy a new phone - boo!
- Bianca gets every day except Tuesday off coz she's doing her IT subjects via distance. boo!
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- An utterance of “boo” to show disapproval or contempt: the audience greeted this comment with boos and hissesMore example sentences
- As Moore shouted over boos and cheers, most of the nominees who had just given him a standing ovation sat silent.
- As the march swung past Number 10 there was a cacophony of whistles, boos, jeers and insults.
- Shouts, boos, whistles from the crowd sheltering in the marquees.
verb (boos, booing, booed)Back to top
- Say “boo” to show disapproval or contempt: [no object]: they booed and hissed when he stepped on stage [with object]: I was practically booed off the stage for talking about cyberpunkMore example sentences
- Angry crowds attended public meetings organised by the Commission, jeering and booing the speakers.
- Before he could finish, the crowd showed their disapproval by booing him off the stage.
- Raymond actually booed when they disappeared off the right edge of the monitor.
- [with negative] Say anything at all; utter a sound: Walter looked at us, but he didn’t say booMore example sentences
- Now he knows that all he has to do is pop up and say boo once in a while and we'll go all to pieces.
- They just go out and do their job, don't say boo and everyone gets the point.
- I have to go back to work tomorrow (this is where I won't say boo!)
wouldn't say boo to a goose
- British Used to emphasize that someone is very shy or reticent.More example sentences
- My youngest son wouldn't say boo to a goose and he was absolutely petrified.
- It turns out that the lad who looks like a no-nonsense squaddie on the park wouldn't say boo to a goose outwith those environs.
- ‘He was quite a quiet guy who kept himself to himself - you always got the impression he wouldn't say boo to a goose,’ said Mr Hemmings.
nounUS • informal
- A person’s boyfriend or girlfriend.More example sentences
- Some things I view as sacred and extremely personal that I wouldn't share… these include times shared with my boo.
- ‘I'm not doubting what happened, boo,’ Shayna began sweetly.
- She has also made solo inroads, doing that song about being with her boo.
1980s: origin uncertain; probably an alteration of French beau 'boyfriend, male admirer'.