booby prize


Definition of booby prize

1 : an award for the poorest performance in a game or competition
2 : an acknowledgment of notable inferiority

Examples of booby prize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fact that a currently underemployed Democrat who was at 0 to 1 percent in the polls is now treating a chance to serve in the most elite legislative body in the country as a massive booby prize is a remarkable statement about the institution. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Why Are These Democrats Too Good for the Senate?," 16 Aug. 2019 The booby prize for whichever team scrapes together to finish as Group D’s runner-up is a likely round-of-16 matchup with France. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out," 24 June 2018 The similarly unusual F Cinemascore is often a sign of misleading marketing—like audiences expecting mother!, the most recent honoree of that booby prize, to be a straightforward horror film. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Lesson Hollywood Should Learn From Love, Simon," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of booby prize

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Booby prize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of booby prize

informal : a prize that is given as a joke to the person who finishes last in a competition

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