booby

Definitions

  • They Arrive in the "Land of the Boobies"
    They Arrive in the "Land of the Boobies"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n booby small tropical gannet having a bright bill or bright feet or both
    • n booby an ignorant or foolish person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Booby A dunce; a stupid fellow.
    • Booby (Zoöl) A species of penguin of the antarctic seas.
    • Booby (Zoöl) A swimming bird (Sula fiber or Sula sula) related to the common gannet, and found in the West Indies, nesting on the bare rocks. It is so called on account of its apparent stupidity -- unafraid of men, it allows itself to be caught by a simple and undisguised approach. The name is also sometimes applied to other species of gannets; as, Sula piscator, the red-footed booby; and Sula nebouxii, the blue-footed booby.
    • a Booby Having the characteristics of a booby; stupid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n booby A stupid fellow; a dull or foolish person; a lubber.
    • n booby The pupil at the foot of a class; the dunce of the class or of the school.
    • n booby In progressive euchre, the player who has failed most conspicuously in the game.
    • n booby The name of various species of brown and white gannets, birds of the family Sulidœ, genus Sula. The common booby of the United States is Sula leucogastra, a well-known species of the South Atlantic coast. Others are the red-footed booby, Sula piscator, and the blue-faced booby, S. cyanops, found on many coasts and islands of the warmer parts of the world.
    • n booby In New England, a hack on runners; a sleigh kept for hire.
    • booby Of or pertaining to a booby or boobies; foolish; stupid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Booby bōō′bi a silly or stupid fellow: a sea-bird, of the gannet tribe, remarkable for its apparent stupidity in allowing itself to be knocked down with a stick
    • adjs Booby like a booby: stupid
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Quotations

  • Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday
    “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. bobo, dunce, idiot; cf. L. balbus, stammering, E. barbarous,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. bobo, a dolt: may prob. be cog. with Ger. bube.

Usage

In literature:

They called her beau "Booby" Oliver and said he should have been a girl.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
It had occurred to him that he was behaving like a selfish booby.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
It was the simplest booby-trap that ever was laid, and yet it was prepared with consummate skill.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Great boobies, I call them, going to a mixed school.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
To Barbe he was a booby when he was not a baby.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
Three times I asked the big booby to return to his carriage to oblige his host.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Hold your prating, you booby.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
Mr. Langley, myself, and the skipper's dog, reclined upon the booby-hatch.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
What we talked of for the booby?
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
They have us locked up in the booby hatch in Metropolita.
"Operation Earthworm" by Joe Archibald
I walked among the boobies, and they never moved except to pick at me with long, sharp bills.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Sometimes we play till everyone but one has a coon; that one is the booby.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Get back to your own country, and send us our boobies again.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
The chances are we would all go to the booby hatch and Handlon would go to prison for Kell's crimes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Early on the 4th we inspanned and continued our march for Booby, a large party of savages still following the wagons.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
Set up an atom-bomb booby-trap, and I'll sit on it.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
On the 20th they saw boobies and other birds, and were sure the land must be near.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Why, any booby could tell in a minute that he was on the trail.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
One, we sprung a booby trap.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
What a wooden-headed booby he had been to miss an obvious thing like that.
"Command" by William McFee
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In poetry:

The house was full, the landlord gay,
The bar-maid shook her head,
And wish'd the boobies far away
That kept her out of bed.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Then let the boobies stay at home;
'Twould cost him I dare say,
Less trouble taking twice the sum,
Without the clowns that pay.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper
Now mount your musty pulpit — thump,
And muddle flat clodhoppers;
And let some long-eared booby "hump"
The plate about for coppers.
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
I'd a swallow-tail coat of a beautiful blue—
And a brief which I bought of a booby—
A couple of shirts, and a collar or two,
And a ring that looked like a ruby!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And what my thanks for all?—a pout—
Sour looks—deep sighs; but what about?
About! O, that I well divine—
That such a pearl should fall to swine—
That such a literary ruby
Should grace the finger of a booby!
"The Celebrated Woman - An Epistle" by Friedrich von Schiller
He is bossed by bitter boobies who can never understand;
He is hampered by the asses and the robbers of the land,
And I feel inclined to wonder what his own opinions are
Of the Government, the country, of the war and of the Czar.
"Riding Round the Lines" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Suspect home is booby -trapped.
Two Utah men are facing charges of reckless endangerment after allegedly setting deadly booby traps near a popular hiking trail.
Injured cyclist not the victim of a ' booby trap'.
Booby Traps in the Lectionary.
Nicholas Smit was arrested and charged with attempted murder after months of potentially deadly attacks in Hemet that included booby -trapped buildings and cars set on fire.
Steven Hansen is accused of rigging booby traps to Hemet police cars and trying to fire a bazooka rocket into the station last year.
One of two men accused of placing booby traps targeting police officers in Hemet is set to go on trial Monday.
Lisa's Booby Trap last in Spa return.
The juvenile boobies also mingled with other seabird species, like brown noddies, streaked shearwaters and black-naped terns.
NATO Is Razing Booby -Trapped Afghan Homes.
Lisa's Booby Trap fizzles in Riskaverse, finishes last.
Psychiatrist accused of setting booby traps will keep his job.
" Booby Trap" at Temporary Spaces.
The Blue-footed Booby was on Kathy Reeves's must-see list during a visit to the Galápagos Islands.
Even titty twisters aren't too depraved for Holy Bouncing Boobies.
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