Peanut gallery

Peanut gallery
Peanut gallery Pea"nut gal"ler*y 1. the cheapest seats in a theater, being typically those farthest from the stage, as in the uppermost balcony. [PJC]

2. in a television show for children, the section where visiting children sit as guests during the performance. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • peanut gallery — An audience that interrupts, boos or heckles a performer, speaker, etc, is a peanut gallery …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • peanut gallery — peanut ,gallery noun singular AMERICAN INFORMAL the least expensive seats at the back of a theater, or the people who sit in them. This word sometimes shows that you think these people are not important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • peanut gallery — ☆ peanut gallery n. Slang the topmost balcony section in a theater, where the cheaper seats are located …   English World dictionary

  • Peanut gallery — Not to be confused with Peanut allergy. A peanut gallery is an audience that heckles the performer. The term originated in the days of vaudeville as a nickname for the cheapest (and ostensibly rowdiest) seats in the theater; the least expensive… …   Wikipedia

  • peanut gallery — noun a) The upper balcony in a racially segregated venues such as a theatre to which black patrons were restricted.<ref name= LtA >Listening to America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past by Stuart …   Wiktionary

  • peanut gallery — 1. Informal. the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony or the uppermost balcony of a theater. 2. Slang. a source of insignificant criticism: No remarks from the peanut gallery! [1885 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • peanut gallery — pea′nut gal lery n. sl. 1) inf the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony of a theater 2) sts a source of insignificant criticism: No remarks from the peanut gallery![/ex] • Etymology: 1885–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • peanut gallery — noun 1. (figurative) people whose criticisms are regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated people who throw peanuts on the stage to express displeasure with a performance) he ignored complaints from the peanut gallery •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • peanut gallery — Synonyms and related words: Texas tower, auditorium, balcony, beacon, belvedere, bleachers, box, box seat, bridge, conning tower, dress circle, fauteuil, gallery, gazebo, grandstand, lighthouse, loge, lookout, loophole, nigger heaven, observation …   Moby Thesaurus

  • peanut gallery — noun N. Amer. informal the top gallery in a theatre, where the cheaper seats are located …   English new terms dictionary

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