booby prize

noun

Definition of booby prize

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

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First Known Use of booby prize

1884

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BOOBY PRIZE Defined for English Language Learners

booby prize

Definition of booby prize for English Language Learners

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


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