Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as bumkin.
  • noun An awkward, clumsy rustic; a clown or country lout.

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

  • noun An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout.

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

  • noun a yokel
  • noun a clumsy, unsophisticated person;
  • noun nautical a short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay

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

  • noun a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

Etymologies

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From Dutch boomken ("shrub, little tree"), diminutive of boom ("tree") (compare beam). Compare German Baumke or Bäumchen , meaning the same (German -ke, -chen, Dutch -ken). Note that the English word boom is etymologically related to the aforementioned in the sense of "large stem", or "big tree".

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  • Citation on booby.

    July 24, 2008