Definition of boohoo in US English:



  • Used to represent the sound of someone crying noisily.

    • ‘‘Boohoo nobody loves me, wah, wah, wah I need to fix things with Kendall, boohoo I'm a horrible person.’’
    • ‘Oh boohoo, please don't start crying cos I gave you a taste of your own medecine. You are such a cry baby… boohoo
    • ‘So I tell him that I'm mad at him because he totally ignored me and then he goes, ‘Oh boohoo, Kimmy, someone didn't pay attention to you’.’
    • ‘This is not the end but, boohoo, I'm so alone and nobody loves me.’
    • ‘Winter break's almost over boohoo but so is the school year yay!’


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  • Cry noisily.

    ‘she broke down and boohooed’
    • ‘Bill was just being polite to a guest - but Bernie was boohooing audibly.’
    • ‘Why was Allison boohooing at the table before what's his face made the nominations?’
    • ‘He then boohooed that he ‘had to serve as the next best thing.’’
    • ‘After reading the piece, the MRC was weeping, boohooing and shedding big tears.’
    • ‘‘But she said, ‘But I love him,’ and she boohooed all over us and we knew we had lost.’’
    • ‘Well, I am back in the studio again after over a week of boohooing over Lizzy.’
    • ‘For those of you who are sad and lonely and boohooing today… life is too short.’
    • ‘Asshole John the landlord spent all his time getting blotto in his own bar and boohooing to anybody who'd listen about the raw deal life had handed him…’
    • ‘Watched The End of the Affair tonight and boohooed.’
    weep, shed tears, sob, wail, be in tears, cry one's eyes out, cry one's heart out, cry as if one's heart would break, bawl, howl, snivel, whimper, whine, squall, mewl, bleat
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Mid 19th century: imitative.