- a stupid person; fool; dunce.
- British. a blunder; mistake.
- British. to blunder.
Origin of boob1
1905–10, Americanism; back formation from booby1
- a female breast.
Origin of boob2
First recorded in 1945–50; apparently back formation from booby2
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Examples from the Web for boob
A small boy once defined a Boob as one who always treats other people better than he does himself.
Of course, what bothers other people is that the Boob is so happy.
Nature must love the Boob, because she is a good deal of a Boob herself.
It is the Boob who is always willing to look hopefully for angels who will see them ultimately.
It will be the Boob who will come to your aid, even before the cop gets there.
- an ignorant or foolish person; booby
- British an embarrassing mistake; blunder
- a female breast
- (intr) British to make a blunder
C20: back formation from booby
- a prison
- of poor quality, similar to that provided in prisonboob coffee
from the US colloquial sense of booby hatch meaning jail
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Word Origin and History for boob
"stupid person," 1909, American English slang, perhaps from booby.
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