boob tube


chiefly US, informal + often disparaging : television
usually used with the
She also began walking instead of plopping down in front of the boob tube every night. Deborah Gregory
chiefly British, informal : tube top
… her stage outfit of camouflage hot pants, over-the-knee boots and a boob tube with the word "love" scrawled across it was a bit much … Libby Callaway

Example Sentences

They spent the evening in front of the boob tube. What's on the boob tube tonight?
Recent Examples on the Web Yep, The Munsters and The Addams Family are returning to the boob tube at the same time courtesy of Netflix. Clark Collis,, 18 July 2022 Spotted on the likes of Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid, the boob tube is having a 2021 renaissance. Eliza Huber,, 18 Aug. 2021 But my favorite way to spend a day off is to just veg out and watch the boob tube. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 23 June 2021 Later that summer, Lawrence Bommer wrote a slightly longer and more descriptive review of their act: When not spoofing channel surfing (a too frequent target), the Two White Guys' skits are decidedly better than the boob tube. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, 8 Mar. 2018 But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves. Michelle Malkin, National Review, 20 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boob tube was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Boob tube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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