Definition of peanut gallery in US English:

peanut gallery


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

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


peanut gallery

/ˈpēnət ˈɡal(ə)rē/