booby

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English[edit]

a blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii)
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17th Century. Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus (stammering).

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booby (plural boobies)

  1. A stupid person.
  2. (by extension) Any of various large tropical seabirds from the genera Sula and Papasula in the gannet family Sulidae, traditionally considered to be stupid.
    • 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
      At which time, ſome Boobyes, weary of flight, made our Ship their pearch, an animall ſo ſimple as ſuffers any to take her without feare, as if a ſtupid ſenſe made her careleſſe of danger...
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booby (third-person singular simple present boobies, present participle boobying, simple past and past participle boobied)

  1. (rare, intransitive) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.
    • 1824 Washington Irving, "Proclamation", Salmagundi volume 1:
      Who lounge and who loot, and who booby about, / No knowledge within, and no manners without;
  2. (transitive) To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap.
    • 1976 "Weekly Almanac", Jet volume 22, page 44:
      Self Boobied. Donald E. Campbell of Merritt Island, Fla., accidentally tripped on one of the shotgun shell booby traps he had installed

Etymology 2[edit]

From the earlier form bubby.

Noun[edit]

booby (plural boobies)

  1. (slang) a woman’s breast

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