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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BOO, n.3

1. A bow in salutation. Gen.Sc. [bu:]Sc. [1826] R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes (1870) 124:
There's a beck, and there's a boo, Open your gates and let us go through.
Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 13:
He aff wi' his muckle hat, an' meed a boo tae her.

2. An arch; a bend or curve.Abd. 1920 Anon. Gleanings Deeside Par. II. 5:
The boo o' the Brig o' Dee's biggit wi' bricks.
Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
There wis some boos in 's furrs.

[Noun is derived from mod. v. The first quot. for n. in N.E.D. for St.Eng. is 1656. The n. is not given in D.O.S.T. In the Abd. quot. above, boo is used instead of more gen. bow, the arch of a bridge, see Bow, n.4, 1 (1).]

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