booby hatch


plural booby hatches
: a raised framework with a sliding cover over a small hatch on a ship
informal + often offensive : a psychiatric hospital
usually used with the

Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of booby hatch was in 1784

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“Booby hatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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