Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fellow, chap, boy.
  • n. A quarterstaff, especially in an oriental context.
  • interj. An exclamation used to startle or frighten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation used to startle or frighten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The earlier word for both.
  • An exclamation used to inspire surprise or fright; especially, a cry uttered by children to frighten their fellows. Also boo.

Etymologies

Imitative. (Wiktionary)
Probably a shortening of boy. (Wiktionary)

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