an act of boycotting somebody/something boycott (of something) a trade boycott of British goods boycott (on something) a boycott on the use of tropical wood Word Originfrom the name of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832–97), an Irish land agent treated in this way in 1880, in an attempt instigated by the Irish Land League to get rents reduced.Extra examples Opposition groups declared a boycott of the elections. Politicians want to end their boycott of the talks. The US has imposed a boycott on some European goods. The group is calling for a mass consumer boycott of these products. There is pressure on the biggest union to join the boycott. a boycott by international singers a consumer boycott of GM foods The test was only sat by a handful of students due to a boycott by teaching unions.