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Booing is an act of showing displeasure for someone or something, generally an entertainer, by loudly yelling boo (and holding the "oo" sound) or making other noises of disparagement, such as hissing. People may make hand signs at the entertainer, such as the thumbs down sign. If spectators particularly dislike the performance they may also accompany booing by throwing objects (traditionally rotten fruit) onstage, though the objects may not be meant to physically hurt the performer.


  • In sports, booing by fans is quite common. They may boo players on the team they support after poor play, particularly-hated players on the opposing team, or any opposing player when there is an intense rivalry between the teams. Unsportsmanlike behavior is also booed, such as intentionally hitting home team batters in baseball or diving in association football or basketball (where it is a technical foul). Booing of referees or umpires after an unpopular ruling is also common.
  • In professional wrestling, audience tends to boo heel wrestlers and their in-ring tactics. However, some wrestlers who have become over with the crowd are likely to be cheered. Also some face wrestlers get booed.
  • A villainous character may also be booed to show a dislike of said character, rather than the acting skills of the thespian portraying him or her. Melodrama performances such as the traditional British Pantomime may encourage it, along with cheering at the hero/heroine.
  • On the game show The Price Is Right, booing is quite common from the audience when a player fails to make one full revolution of the Showcase Showdown wheel during a spin.
  • On reality shows in both America and the United Kingdom where Simon Cowell appears as a judge, he is normally booed by the audiences for giving negative remarks to contestants whom the audience and other judges praise.
  • In the UK version of Big Brother, housemates are often booed on their exit or entrance into the house, host Davina McCall often sugar coats it by saying "it's all panto".
  • In the process of booing, members of the audience sometimes will throw fruit, vegetables or garbage for particularly bad or contemptible performances. In contrast, they might throw flowers for good performances.

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Booing means shouting "BOO!" If people shout "boo" after a performance (for example, a concert, play or opera) they are showing that they did not like it. It is the opposite of applause (clapping to show that the performance was good).

Booing and hissing used to be very common, especially at the opera. In the early days of opera (from the 17th to the early 19th century) opera audiences often behaved badly. They went to the opera to chat with their friends, to cheer their favorite singers and to boo the singers they did not like, not to listen carefully to the music.

Booing has recently become less common in Western culture because people think it is rude. Audiences today are more likely simply not to clap if they do not like a performance. Slow hand-clapping is also a way of showing displeasure.

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