peanut gallery definition

  • noun:
    • The hindmost or uppermost section of sitting in a theater balcony, where in fact the seats are cheapest.
    • a team of folks whoever viewpoints are thought unimportant: "stress is creating ... to make ... Alan Greenspan to cut interest levels and increase the cash offer. [He] has politely dismissed these catcalls from the peanut galleryā€¯ ( H. Erich Heinemann).
    • Any source of heckling, unwelcome commentary or critique, particularly from a know-it-all or of an inexpert nature.
    • (figurative) people whoever criticisms tend to be regarded as irrelevant or insignificant (resembling uneducated those who throw peanuts regarding the stage to convey displeasure with a performance)
    • rearmost or uppermost area inside balcony containing the lowest priced chairs
  • others:
    • The cheapest seats in a theater, becoming typically those farthest from stage, as with the uppermost balcony.
    • In a television tv show for children, the section where seeing children sit as guests through the overall performance.
    • Any number of young ones, and/or chidren in several men and women.

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