(1) A group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
(2) Refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
From Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott
, an English evicting land agent in Ireland who was subject to a boycott organized by the Irish Land League in 1880.
- To abstain, either as an individual or group, from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some organisation as an expression of protest.