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noun,plural boo-boos.Slang.
  1. a minor injury; owie: My dad was doing dishes and kissing boo-boos way back in the 1960s.

  2. a stupid or silly mistake; blunder: Even people with loads of sewing experience make boo-boos when creating a piece!

Origin of boo-boo

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; baby talk

Other words for boo-boo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use boo-boo in a sentence

  • I wouldn't keer if my 'ealth was what it used to be, in the dyes when I 'ad Booboo.

    The Christian | Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for boo-boo


nounplural -boos
  1. informal an embarrassing mistake; blunder

Origin of boo-boo

C20: perhaps from nursery talk; compare boohoo

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