boo

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Coined to create a loud and startling sound. Compare Latin boō (to cry aloud, roar, shout).

Interjection[edit]

boo

  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.
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Noun[edit]

boo (plural boos)

  1. A derisive shout made to indicate disapproval.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, BBC:
      ...Hodgson headed down the tunnel with the boos of fans ringing in his ears after an eighth league defeat of the season...
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Verb[edit]

boo (third-person singular simple present boos, present participle booing, simple past and past participle booed)

  1. (intransitive) To shout extended boos derisively.
    When he took the podium, the crowd booed.
    • 2004, The New Yorker, 18 Oct 2004
      Nobody booed and nobody clapped
  2. (transitive) To derisively shout extended boos at.
    The protesters loudly booed the visiting senator.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From beau.

Noun[edit]

boo (plural boos)

  1. (US, African American Vernacular, slang) A close acquaintance or significant other.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

By application of regular verb-generative patterns to Latin bos, bovis (cow), yielding the sense of "bellow in the manner of a cow".

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Verb[edit]

present active boō, present infinitive boāre, perfect active boāvī, supine boātum

  1. (intransitive) I cry aloud, bellow, roar; bray.
    sed in prima remansi voce et identidem boavi
    but I stayed stuck on the first syllable and brayed it repeatedly
    • c. 125 CE – 180 CE, Apuleius, Metamorphoses 7.3
      Et verbum quidem praecedens semel ac saepius inmodice clamitavi, sequens vero nullo pacto disserere potui, sed in prima remansi voce et identidem boavi "Non non", quanquam minia rutunditate pendulas vibrassem labias.
  2. (transitive) I call loudly upon; bellow, cry or roar forth.

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Scots[edit]

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tae boo (third-person singular simple present booes, present participle booin, simple past boo'd, past participle boo'd)

  1. To bow, to stoop.
  2. To bend, to curve.
  3. To make something bend or curve.

Noun[edit]

boo (plural boos)

  1. (greeting): A bow.