noun

North American
informal
  • 1The top gallery in a theater where the cheaper seats are located.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘Let's go before we hear something from the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘That's enough from the peanut gallery, thanks all the same.’
      • ‘Apparently I missed the part that includes the peanut gallery's jealous, embittered, scathing, pointless commentary.’
      • ‘The D.J. seemed to have an entire peanut gallery in the studio with him, which made me feel outnumbered.’
      • ‘I don't need any comments from the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘Any suggestions from the peanut gallery out there?’
      • ‘The best was when he landed and the hot crew peanut gallery was like, ‘Who are you?’’
      • ‘‘Okay, I'll go change,’ I said to the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘It sounds like I'm in the minority here, but count me as a negative vote from the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘No comments from the peanut gallery, thank-you.’
      • ‘It was the perfect invitation for comments from the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘Carrie was casually passing the group and couldn't help overhearing the overgrown peanut gallery.’
      • ‘Full-frame was the original aspect ratio for this documentary, so no complaints from the peanut gallery.’
      • ‘‘No comments from the peanut gallery,’ James replied.’
      • ‘I'm a genius, no comments from the peanut gallery please.’
      • ‘Jake shook our hands and the peanut gallery cat-called about our tardiness and hair styles.’
      • ‘‘No comments from the peanut gallery please,’ requested Jazlyn.’
      • ‘I got some excellent suggestions from the peanut gallery and I know I have a much stronger game now.’
      • ‘‘No comments from the peanut gallery,’ Mark told her lightly.’
      • ‘Not a peep from the Georgia peanut gallery, either.’

Pronunciation

peanut gallery

/ˈpēnət ˈɡal(ə)rē/