American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person regarded as stupid.
- n. Any of several tropical sea birds of the genus Sula, resembling and related to the gannets.
- n. Vulgar Slang A woman's breast.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stupid fellow; a dull or foolish person; a lubber.
- n. The pupil at the foot of a class; the dunce of the class or of the school.
- n. In progressive euchre, the player who has failed most conspicuously in the game.
- n. The name of various species of brown and white gannets, birds of the family Sulidœ, genus Sula. The common booby of the United States is Sula leucogastra, a well-known species of the South Atlantic coast. Others are the red-footed booby, Sula piscator, and the blue-faced booby, S. cyanops, found on many coasts and islands of the warmer parts of the world.
- n. In New England, a hack on runners; a sleigh kept for hire.
- Of or pertaining to a booby or boobies; foolish; stupid.
- n. A stupid person.
- n. by extension Any of various large tropical seabirds from the genera Sula and Papasula in the gannet family Sulidae, traditionally considered to be stupid.
- n. slang a woman’s breast
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dunce; a stupid fellow.
- n. A swimming bird (Sula fiber or Sula sula) related to the common gannet, and found in the West Indies, nesting on the bare rocks. It is so called on account of its apparent stupidity -- unafraid of men, it allows itself to be caught by a simple and undisguised approach. The name is also sometimes applied to other species of gannets; as, Sula piscator, the red-footed booby; and Sula nebouxii, the blue-footed booby.
- n. A species of penguin of the antarctic seas.
- adj. Having the characteristics of a booby; stupid.
- n. small tropical gannet having a bright bill or bright feet or both
- n. an ignorant or foolish person
- 17th Century. Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus ("stammering"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus, stammering.Perhaps alteration of obsolete English bubby. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While a lucky few on Cross's Christmas list score a shiny, new VHS player, the bulk of them receive the ultimate in booby prizes: a network-branded bath towel.”
“Not with another of those decaying relics of past destruction they called booby traps but with an actual ship, under the control of living, sentient beings.”
“Mr. Howells uses the word booby in the latter signification, and it may be heard frequently in eastern”
“Here, I say," cried Dyke, as the big German shook hands with him, "who are you calling a booby, Uncle Morgenstern?”
“We sometimes use this analogy of a kid's game called 'booby trap' where you have a bunch of little blocks and there's a spring piston and it pushes on them.”
“My kids use the word booby, I had hoped for a higher brow insult, but alas, no.”
“Don't forget the packaging (the thick plastic encasing a new Venus Quad-Blade Mach 3000 is more accurately described as a booby trap).”
“A booby is a great catch, and a good large one makes a small dinner for the fifteen of us -- that is, of course, as dinners go in the 'Hornet's' long-boat.”
“IEDs, I mean, booby traps. gotta wonder how all those bombs, formerly known as booby traps, were ever found or defused in”
“Since so-called booby bloggers first posted word earlier this week of the need for milk, thousands of women have been clamoring to donate milk to babies on the Haitian mainland.”
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