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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fans boo (sb/sth)
▪ Their own fans booed them off the pitch.
the audience boos
▪ She swore at the audience and they began to boo her.
▪ Must have got booed off the stage every night.
▪ The home team was being booed off the court.
▪ Some people in the crowd booed when she walked on stage.
▪ Taylor was booed as he left the field.
▪ And still they boo if the mood takes them.
▪ And the fans who booed him in the ring were drawn to him outside it.
▪ Half the crowd cheered, the others booed.
▪ He was booed and jeered by 16,000 spectators for not walking promptly after giving a desperately hard-to-judge return catch.
▪ I was booing and hissing the bad guys with the best of them, and I usually hate audience participation.
▪ Linfield fans booed their team off the pitch and applauded Bangor.
▪ Many Republicans hissed and some booed.
▪ You can almost hear them booed in tandem by the Giants' irate fans.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bo \Bo\, interj. [Cf. W. bw, an interj. of threatening or frightening; n., terror, fear, dread.] An exclamation used to startle or frighten. [Spelt also boh and boo.]


boo \boo\ v. to show displeasure (after a performance or speech) by making a prolonged sound of ``boo''.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

expression meant to startle, early 15c., boh, "A combination of consonant and vowel especially fitted to produce a loud and startling sound" [OED, which compares Latin boare, Greek boaein "to cry aloud, roar, shout."]; as an expression of disapproval, 1801 (n.), 1816 (v.); hence, the verb meaning "shower someone with boos" (1893).\n

\nBooing was common late 19c. among London theater audiences and at British political events; In Italy, Parma opera-goers were notorious boo-birds, but the custom seems to have been little-known in America till c.1910.\n

\nTo say boo "open one's mouth, speak," originally was to say boo to a goose.\n\nTo 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]


Etymology 1 interj. 1 A loud exclamation intended to scare someone, especially a child. Usually used when one has been hidden from the victim and then suddenly appeared unexpectedly. 2 A word used ironically in a situation where one might have scared someone, but said someone was not scared. Not said as loudly as in definition 1. 3 An exclamation used by a member or many members of an audience, as at a stage play or sports game, to indicate derision or disapproval of what has just occurred. n. A derisive shout made to indicate disapproval. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To shout extended boos derisively. 2 (context transitive English) To derisively shout extended boos at. Etymology 2

n. (context US AAVE slang English) A close acquaintance or significant other.


v. show displeasure, as after a performance or speech [syn: hiss] [ant: applaud]


n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt [syn: hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, snort, bird]

Boo (programming language)

Boo is an object-oriented, statically typed, general-purpose programming language that seeks to make use of the Common Language Infrastructure's support for Unicode, internationalization, and web applications, while using a Python-inspired syntax and a special focus on language and compiler extensibility. Some features of note include type inference, generators, multimethods, optional duck typing, macros, true closures, currying, and first-class functions.

Boo is free software released under the BSD 3-Clause license. It is compatible with both the Microsoft .NET and Mono frameworks.


A boô (also spelled boo or boe) is an old Saxon building where a farmer could spend the night with his cattle if he let them graze far outside the village. The buildings, which had separate areas for cattle and farmer to live, were made with cheap materials. Walls were made of straw or braided twigs covered in cow manure or loam; the roofs were also made of straw.

Boo (film)

Boo is a 2005 American horror film directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.


Boo is an onomatopoeic word for a loud, startling sound, as an exclamation intended to scare, or as a call of derision (see booing).

Boo or BOO may also refer to:

Boo (Aller)

Boo ( Asturian and official name: Bo ) is one of 18 parish (administrative division) in Aller, a municipality within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northern Spain.

The altitude is between and above sea level. It is in size with a population of 529 ( INE 2008).

Boo (character)

Boos, known in Japan as , are ghosts from the Mario and Yoshi series of video games. They first appeared as a common enemy in 1988's Super Mario Bros. 3, in which they were called Boo Diddleys (a reference to the American blues singer Bo Diddley). Since then, they have been a mainstay in the series, usually appearing as enemies, but occasionally appearing as playable characters in the Mario spin-off games, or even as allies of Mario. They are named after the sound that one might make when trying to frighten someone ("boo!"), whereas their Japanese name comes from the verb , meaning 'to be shy').

A Boo's most common pattern of attack is to sneak up on the player (usually Mario) from behind while they are facing away from them; however, they stop their attack if looked at. Being ghosts, they are usually invincible, and unable to be defeated without certain items or conditions.

It has been implied that Boos may have been other living species before they became boos, but this has not been made clear. There are also sub-species of Boo based on other species; for example undead Shy Guys become "Boo Guys" while undead Lakitus become "Fishin' Boo"s.

Boo (dog)

Boo is a Pomeranian that became an Internet sensation. Known for his short haircut, he has a popular Facebook page and is the subject of four photo books. As of March 2016, Boo has over 17.5 million Likes on Facebook. Boo is owned by a wealthy daughter of Chinas richest person. According to the world dog foundation since bio is the single existing dog for his species he was bought for $28 Million. A French billionaire offered the owner $138 Million for Boo but the offer was denied.

Boo (name)

Boo is a given name, nickname and surname. It may refer to:

Usage examples of "boo".

James Warburg affidavit is not aimed at the original boo but rather at an anti-Semitic book circulated over a decade later.

Bridget Boone, in whose room a lot of the 16 and Unders used to congregate before lights-out, invited me to consider a couple of late-night bongs, as a kind of psychodysleptic Sominex, to help me sleep, perhaps, finally, all the way through a really unpleasant dream that had been recurring nightly and waking me up in medias for weeks and was beginning to grind me down and to cause some slight deterioration in performance and rank.

Now there was a noisy crowd of two thousand people around the building, and they booed lustily as Meredith, McShane, and Doar strode into the building, flanked by Mississippi Highway Patrolmen.

Boone walked along the doorless stalls, stopping at the very last one in the row.

Not so, boo bala A Feminazi is a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur.

Paul haar dien zoen had gegeven, en zij was nu boos op zichzelve, dat zij gevlucht was in plaats van hem flink de waarheid gezegd te hebben over zijne onbehoorlijkheid.

O, Lawrence, ik smeek je, ik hou zoo veel van je, wees niet boos op me, Lawrence, Lawrence!

The room glanced at Hoyt again, to ratify the fact that Boo McGuire had indeed gotten off a funny line.

A friendly, carved sign with italicized gold script welcomed all to boone creek library.

Meanwhile, the Kraut was submitting bullshit reports to Sergeant Boone, wanting this assignment to go on forever.

Eene enkele maal klopte hij mevrouw op den schouder en gaf haar een snellen kus op het voorhoofd en Emilie vroeg hem fluisterend, terwijl zij hem omhelsde, of hij erg boos was, dat zij zoo gepleit en geijverd had voor die twee kinderen.

Zij bedierf hen allen, zooals zij nimmer haar eigen kinderen had bedorven, kon bij hunne grootste guitenstreken met den besten wil der wereld niet boos worden en bracht Mathilde daardoor soms tot radeloosheid en wanhoop.

He knows the victim was killed with a ball peen hammer because Boone and I asked him if he owned one and he said no.

Ruby Lou and Boone, who were seated on a pouffe made of a large eraser.

The patter of footie-pajama feet, and then my little man appeared in the kitchen, a sippy cup in one hand and Boo Bear in the other.