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noun (1)

: a stupid awkward person : simpleton
: boor, philistine
compared to the civilized and educated European, the American seemed a boobJ. T. Farrell
boobish adjective


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noun (2)



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boobed; boobing; boobs

intransitive verb

: goof sense 2
realised that he had boobed by paying too much


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noun (3)

sometimes vulgar
: breast

Examples of boob in a Sentence

Verb it was an important speech, and the prime minister knew that he could not afford to boob on it
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


Noun (1), Noun (2), and Verb

short for booby entry 1

Noun (3)

short for booby entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1959, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boob was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Boob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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