Being "Booed Up" Isn't Bad — Unless You're Ditching Your Friends, That Is

Being booed up is actually a good thing, so long as you're still maintaining your relationships with your friends.

Sara Belcher - Author

May 8 2024, Published 7:06 p.m. ET

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With how fast trends turn over on the internet, it's no wonder there's a litany of slang terms people are struggling to keep up with. Between the high turnover of TikTok trends reaching throughout the corners of the internet to new abbreviations and slang terms that are often confusing, it's incredibly easy for those who aren't chronically online to get confused when scrolling through comments and posts on social media.

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When talking about friends online, you may often see the phrase "booed up" being thrown around. This could be in reference to one specific person or to many people in a friend group. But despite the spooky connotations the phrase may initially suggest, there's actually nothing scary about it (unless you're afraid of commitment). So what does it mean to be "booed up"? Let's break it down.

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What does it mean to be "booed up"?

Being "booed up" (sometimes stylized as "boo'd up") means that you're in a relationship with someone or spending a lot of time with a significant ohe. This is often used early on in a relationship's lifespan and rarely refers to a person's long-term partner, though it really depends on the situation. The exact definition, according to Urban Dictionary, is "Spending time with your boo, aka your boyfriend or girlfriend."

In some instances, though, being "booed up" isn't considered a good thing. Though it signifies that someone is in a relationship, it may also be used to refer to someone who no longer makes time for their friends because of their new significant other.

Users online will talk about their friend who is "booed up," noting that because they are metaphorically conjoined at the hip with their new partner they no longer see each other. These contexts insinuate that it's not necessarily a good thing.

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Ultimately, though the context of the conversation is what determines which definition a user is using. Sometimes being "booed up" is nothing more complex than being in a relationship with a partner who you enjoy spending time with. In most instances, you'll want someone to call you "booed up" because you have a partner and not because you're abandoning everything else in your life for that person.

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