Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A slight physical injury, such as a scratch.
  • noun A stupid mistake; a blunder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an embarrassing mistake.
  • noun a minor injury, such as an abrasion on the skin; -- child's talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colloquial A mistake or error.
  • noun colloquial, childish, by or to young children A minor injury, such as a cut or a bruise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an embarrassing mistake

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps alteration of boohoo, to weep noisily.]

Examples

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  • an injury, esp. slight.

    December 10, 2006

  • also, a mistake, goof-up

    December 14, 2006

  • Also used as a term of endearment or nickname - primarily, but not exclusively, for babies/children.

    July 6, 2009