Meaning of boohoo in English:



  • Used to represent the sound of someone crying noisily.

    ‘‘boohoo, nobody loves me!’’
    • ‘This is not the end but, boohoo, I'm so alone and nobody loves me.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘‘Boohoo nobody loves me, wah, wah, wah I need to fix things with Kendall, boohoo I'm a horrible person.’’
    • ‘Winter break's almost over boohoo but so is the school year yay!’

verbboohoos, boohooing, boohooed

[no object]
  • Cry noisily.

    ‘I managed not to boohoo, even when they crowded around my chair’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘But she said, ‘But I love him,’ and she boohooed all over us and we knew we had lost.’’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘He then boohooed that he ‘had to serve as the next best thing.’’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘After reading the piece, the MRC was weeping, boohooing and shedding big tears.’
    • ‘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


Late 18th century (representing the cry of an owl): imitative.