booby

noun (1)
boo·by | \ ˈbü-bē \
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

booby

noun (2)
boo·by | \ ˈbü-bē , ˈbu̇- \
plural boobies

Definition of booby (Entry 2 of 2)

sometimes vulgar

: breast

First Known Use of booby

Noun (1)

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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