booby

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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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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of the earlier bubby. The shortened term boob is a further development from this.

Noun[edit]

booby (plural boobies)

  1. (slang) a woman’s breast
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