- a stupid or silly mistake; blunder.
- a minor injury.
Origin of boo-boo
An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; baby talk
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Related Words for booboosshock, loss, cramp, cut, bruise, burn, wound, damage, laceration, sore, suffering, abuse, trauma, fracture, swelling, scar, sprain, omission, misstep, aberration
- informal an embarrassing mistake; blunder
Word Origin for boo-boo
C20: perhaps from nursery talk; compare boohoo
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"mistake," 1954, apparently a reduplication of boob, which had acquired a secondary sense of "foolish mistake" (1934).
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