booby prize


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

Examples of booby prize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The booby prize goes to Facebook. Abram Brown, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 In body stiffness, though, the XJS takes the booby prize, flexing and shaking more than the others. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, 30 Dec. 2022 And a booby prize awaits for whichever team happens to finish second: a possible date with England in London in the round of 16. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Right now, that seems like more a booby prize than a reward. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of booby prize was in 1884

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“Booby prize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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