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booby1

[boo-bee] /ˈbu bi/
noun, plural boobies.
1.
a stupid person; dunce.
2.
a gannet of the genus Sula, having a bright bill, bright feet, or both: some are endangered.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; earlier pooby, apparently blend of poop to befool (now obsolete) and baby; (def 2) perhaps by association with Spanish bobo < Latin balbus stuttering
Related forms
boobyish, adjective

booby2

[boo-bee] /ˈbu bi/
noun, plural boobies. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
1.
a female breast.
Origin
1930-35, Americanism; probably variant of earlier bubby
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British Dictionary definitions for boobies

booby

/ˈbuːbɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
an ignorant or foolish person
2.
(Brit) the losing player in a game
3.
any of several tropical marine birds of the genus Sula: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc). They have a straight stout bill and the plumage is white with darker markings Compare gannet
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus stammering
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Word Origin and History for boobies
booby
1590s, from Sp. bobo "stupid person, slow bird" (used of various ungainly seabirds), probably from L. balbus "stammering" (like barbarian, from an imitative root, cf. Czech blblati "to stammer," Skt. balbala-karoti "he stammers"). Booby prize is 1889, an object of little value given to the loser of a game; booby trap is 1850, originally a schoolboy prank; the more lethal sense developed during World War I.
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