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Origin of boo-boo

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; baby talk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • "There's nothin' to boo-boo for," he said, with a half-affected brusqueness.

  • "'Boo-boo' was the exception that proves the rule," answered Jack hotly.

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British Dictionary definitions for boo-boo


noun plural -boos
  1. informal an embarrassing mistake; blunder

Word Origin for boo-boo

C20: perhaps from nursery talk; compare boohoo
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Word Origin and History for boo-boo

"mistake," 1954, apparently a reduplication of boob, which had acquired a secondary sense of "foolish mistake" (1934).

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