noun, plural boo·bies.
- booby hatch,
- booby prize,
- booby trap,
Origin of booby1
noun, plural boob·ies. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
Origin of booby2
Examples from the Web for booby
A course was now held for Booby Island, where we anchored in the evening (the 23rd).Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2|John Lort Stokes
With that Janko ran out to his brothers and when they heard what he had to say they laughed and called him, "Booby!"The Laughing Prince|Parker Fillmore
Early on the 4th we inspanned and continued our march for Booby, a large party of savages still following the wagons.
Guy Featherstone and Booby Walker had paused at a distance to watch the game a few moments.Frank Merriwell's Son|Burt L. Standish
Booby traps were numerous, and special companies were hunting for them.
noun plural -bies
Word Origin for booby
1590s, from Spanish bobo "stupid person, slow bird" (used of various ungainly seabirds), probably from Latin balbus "stammering," from an imitative root (see barbarian).
Booby prize is by 1883: an object of little value given to the loser of a game; booby trap is 1850, originally a schoolboy prank; the more lethal sense developed during World War I.
At the end of every session the dominie had the satirical custom of presenting his tawse as a "booby-prize" to some idle or stupid lout whom he picked out as meriting this distinction so that next time they met he might start fresh and fair with new pair for a new set of classes. [Ascott R. Hope, "Dumps," "Young England" magazine, 1883]