1 [boo-bee]
noun, plural boobies.
a stupid person; dunce.
a gannet of the genus Sula, having a bright bill, bright feet, or both: some are endangered.

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

boobyish, adjective Unabridged


2 [boo-bee]
noun, plural boobies. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
a female breast.

1930–35, Americanism; probably variant of earlier bubby Unabridged
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booby (ˈbuːbɪ)
n , pl -bies
1.  an ignorant or foolish person
2.  (Brit) the losing player in a game
3.  Compare gannet 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
[C17: from Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus stammering]

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Word Origin & History

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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Slang Dictionary

boob definition

  1. n.
    a stupid person; a rural oaf. : Why did I marry a boob like you?
  2. n.
    and booby. [ˈbubi]a breast. (Usually plural. Usually objectionable.) : With boobs like that, she can go anywhere she likes.
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