noun (1)
boo·​by | \ ˈbü-bē How to pronounce booby (audio) \
plural boobies

Definition of booby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an awkward foolish person : dope
2 : any of several tropical seabirds (genus Sula) of the gannet family


noun (2)
boo·​by | \ ˈbü-bē How to pronounce booby (audio) , ˈbu̇- \
plural boobies

Definition of booby (Entry 2 of 2)

sometimes vulgar
: breast

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of booby

Noun (1)

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for booby

Noun (1)

modification of Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus stammering, probably of imitative origin

Noun (2)

alteration of bubby

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The first known use of booby was circa 1600

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“Booby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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