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boo·by 1

 (bo͞o′bē)
n. pl. boo·bies
1. Any of several seabirds of the genera Sula and Papasula of tropical and subtropical waters, having a pointed bill and tail, long wings, and a light-colored underside.
2. A person regarded as stupid.

[Spanish bobo, stupid, foolish, booby (because the seabirds can be caught easily when they alight on ships at sea), from Latin balbus, stammering, of imitative origin.]

boo·by 2

 (bo͞o′bē)
n. pl. boo·bies Slang
1. A woman's breast.
2. A male mammary gland that has become enlarged by the influence of estrogen or appears enlarged because of excess fat over the gland.

[Perhaps alteration of obsolete English bubby.]

booby

(ˈbuːbɪ)
n, pl -bies
1. an ignorant or foolish person
2. Brit the losing player in a game
3. (Animals) any of several tropical marine birds of the genus Sula: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc). They have a straight stout bill and the plumage is white with darker markings. Compare gannet
[C17: from Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus stammering]

boo•by1

(ˈbu bi)

n., pl. -bies.
1. a stupid person.
2. any of several usu. black- or brown-and-white, goose-sized seabirds of the family Sulidae, of tropical oceans, that dive for fish from high over the water.
[1590–1600; earlier pooby]

boob•y2

(ˈbu bi)

n., pl. boob•ies. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
a woman's breast.
[1915–20, Amer.; alter. of earlier bubby breast; see -y2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booby - an ignorant or foolish personbooby - an ignorant or foolish person  
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
2.booby - small tropical gannet having a bright bill or bright feet or both
gannet - large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish
genus Sula, Sula - type genus of the Sulidae

booby

noun fool, jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), idiot, berk (Brit. slang), prick (slang), wally (slang), prat (slang), plonker (slang), geek (slang), goof (informal), twit (informal, chiefly Brit.), dunce, duffer (informal), oaf, simpleton, dimwit (informal), dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), nitwit, blockhead, plank (Brit. slang), divvy (Brit. slang), pillock (Brit. slang), dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), fathead (informal), weenie (U.S. informal), charlie (Brit. informal), coot, muggins (Brit. slang), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), lamebrain (informal), fuckwit (taboo slang), dickwit (slang), nerd or nurd (slang), numbskull or numskull Her husband is a booby.
Translations
ثَدْيُ المَرأَهشَخْصٌ أحْمَقٌ
blbnekňubaprsa
fjolspattetorsk
tiss
tissi
nibardnigaud
mafla
flón
mulkispadėta bombapadėti bombąprizas užėmusiam paskutinę vietąspąstai
pupistulbenis

booby

[ˈbuːbɪ]
A. N
1. (= fool) → bobo/a m/f
2. boobiestetas fpl
B. CPD booby hatch N (US) (= mental hospital) → casa f de locos
booby prize Npremio m al último
booby trap Ntrampa f (Mil etc) → trampa f explosiva, bomba f cazabobos

booby

n (inf)
(= fool)Trottel m
= boob N b

booby

:
booby hatch
n (dated US sl) → Klapsmühle f (inf)
booby prize
n Scherzpreis für den schlechtesten Teilnehmer
booby trap
n
Falle f (als Schabernack versteckt angebracht)
(Mil etc) → versteckte Bombe; don’t open that box, it’s a boobymachen Sie die Schachtel nicht auf, da ist eine Bombe drin
vt the suitcase was booby-trappedin dem Koffer war eine Bombe versteckt

booby

(ˈbuːbi) plural ˈboobies noun
1. a stupid person.
2. (slang) a woman's breast.
booby prize
a prize for the lowest score etc. John came last and got the booby prize.
ˈbooby trap noun
1. a bomb hidden in an object which explodes when it is touched.
2. a simple trap that makes you fall or makes something fall on you etc.
booby-trappast tense, past participle booby-trapped verb
to put a booby trap in an object. Don't touch that! It may be booby-trapped.
References in classic literature ?
My rich cousin is a booby who thrives on landed property; he has done something for another booby who thrives on Politics, who knows a third booby who thrives on Commerce, who can do something for a fourth booby, thriving at present on nothing, whose name is Frank.
You think you are following me, you great booby, whereas it's I who am following you; and I know all that you know about me, here.
It is needless to say that Passepartout watched these curious ceremonies with staring eyes and gaping mouth, and that his countenance was that of the greenest booby imaginable.
Paul's only two kinds of birds -- the booby and the noddy.
Pious, well-meant reproof requires a different demeanour and arguments of another sort; at any rate, to have reproved me in public, and so roughly, exceeds the bounds of proper reproof, for that comes better with gentleness than with rudeness; and it is not seemly to call the sinner roundly blockhead and booby, without knowing anything of the sin that is reproved.
Other motes there were which showed him as a heavy, selfish, drifting Booby, who, having stumbled, in the course of his unwieldy jostlings against other men, on the discovery that to get through life with ease and credit, he had but to hold his tongue, keep the bald part of his head well polished, and leave his hair alone, had had just cunning enough to seize the idea and stick to it.
Was such an absolute Booby necessary to the purpose?
And when that red-faced booby started to monkey with me, I just couldn't bear it any more.
Tell him that our conversation at the inn of the Red Dovecot was overheard by these four men; tell him that after his departure one of them came up to me and took from me by violence the safe-conduct which he had given me; tell him they warned Lord de Winter of my journey to England; that this time they nearly foiled my mission as they foiled the affair of the studs; tell him that among these four men two only are to be feared--D'Artagnan and Athos; tell him that the third, Aramis, is the lover of Madame de Chevreuse--he may be left alone, we know his secret, and it may be useful; as to the fourth, Porthos, he is a fool, a simpleton, a blustering booby, not worth troubling himself about.
The only breaks-- and no beams had been cut for them--were the main cabin skylight and companionway, the booby hatch for'ard over the tiny forecastle, and the small hatch aft that let down into the store-room.
He sat kicking his heels, playing with his fingers, and looking more like a fool, if it be possible, than a young booby squire, when he is first introduced into a polite assembly.
Now, I ask you, you blundering booby," said my guardian, very sternly, "once more and for the last time, what the man you have brought here is prepared to swear?