noun, plural boo·bies.

a stupid person; dunce.
a gannet of the genus Sula, having a bright bill, bright feet, or both: some are endangered.

Nearby words

  1. boobhead,
  2. boobialla,
  3. booboisie,
  4. boobook,
  5. boobs,
  6. booby hatch,
  7. booby prize,
  8. booby trap,
  9. booby-trap,
  10. boodie

Origin of booby

1590–1600; earlier pooby, apparently blend of poop to befool (now obsolete) and baby; (def 2) perhaps by association with Spanish bobo < Latin balbus stuttering

Related formsboo·by·ish, adjective



noun, plural boob·ies. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

a female breast.

Origin of booby

1930–35, Americanism; probably variant of earlier bubby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for booby


noun plural -bies

an ignorant or foolish person
British the losing player in a game
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 markingsCompare gannet

Word Origin for booby

C17: from Spanish bobo, from Latin balbus stammering

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Word Origin and History for booby


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