Definition of booby trap
1 : a trap for the unwary or unsuspecting : pitfall
2 : a concealed explosive device contrived to go off when some harmless-looking object is touched
Examples of booby trap in a sentence
Someone had rigged a booby trap that blew up the car when the engine was started.
We set a booby trap by balancing a bucket of water on top of the door so that it would fall on him when he came in.
First Known Use of booby trap
BOOBY TRAP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of booby trap for English Language Learners
: a hidden bomb that explodes when the object connected to it is touched, moved, etc.
: a trap that is set as a joke to shock or frighten someone
BOOBY TRAP Defined for Kids
Definition of booby trap for Students
1 : a hidden bomb that explodes when the object connected to it is touched
2 : a trap set for an unsuspecting person
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