I’ve heard people use this word to mean their girlfriend or boyfriend for a few years now and I was wondering how old that usage is but I’m not finding it in any of the usual places, so I checked Urban Dictionary just for fun and found this:
boo is a term that is derived from the French word “beau” meaning beautiful. In 18th century England it meant an admirer, usually male. It made it’s way into Afro-Caribbean language perhaps through the French colonization of some Caribbean islands.
Now meaning girl or boyfriend.
So has “boo” been in use in the African-Caribbean or possibly the African-American communities for many years?
I have to admit this entry seems like folk etymology, but I don’t really know, so I’m asking.