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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BOO, n.6 A term used to denote a farmhouse or village, sometimes in conjunction with the proper name. [bu:]Ork. 1905 Dennison Ork. Weddings and W. Customs 28:
If the wedding was in the house of a well-to-do farmer or small laird, a brewing copper was borrowed from the “Boo” or “Ha'” house for making the wedding soup, here always called “broth.” [Marw. 1929 says, s.v. bow, 2, “this [term boo] is apparently now quite obs.]
Ags. 1808 Jam.:
The Boo of Ballingshaw, the Upper Boo, the Nether Boo, etc.

[Prob. from O.N. , farm-house, etc., but see Bull, n.2]

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