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ˈbu biboo·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dumbbell, dummy, dope, boob, booby, pinheadnoun

    an ignorant or foolish person

  2. boobynoun

    small tropical gannet having a bright bill or bright feet or both

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Boobynoun

    A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a lubber.

    Etymology: a word of no certain etymology; Thomas Henshaw thinks it a corruption of bull-beef ridiculously; Stephen Skinner imagines it to be derived from bobo, foolish, Span. Franciscus Junius finds bowbard to be an old Scottish word for a coward, a contemptible fellow; from which he naturally deduces booby; but the original of bowbard is not known.

    But one exception to this fact we find,
    That booby Phaon only was unkind,
    An ill-bred boatman, rough as waves and wind. Matthew Prior.

    Young master next must rise to fill him wine,
    And starve himself to see the booby dine. King.


  1. Booby

    A booby is a seabird in the genus Sula, part of the family Sulidae. Boobies are closely related to the gannets (Morus), which were formerly included in Sula.


  1. booby

    A booby is a type of large seabird native to tropical and subtropical regions, belonging to the family Sulidae. The term may also be informally used to refer to a foolish or naive person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boobynoun

    a dunce; a stupid fellow

  2. Boobynoun

    a swimming bird (Sula fiber or S. 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. The name is also sometimes applied to other species of gannets; as, S. piscator, the red-footed booby

  3. Boobynoun

    a species of penguin of the antarctic seas

  4. Boobyadjective

    having the characteristics of a booby; stupid


  1. Booby

    A booby is a seabird in the genus Sula, part of the Sulidae family. Boobies are closely related to the gannets, which were formerly included in Sula.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Booby

    bōō′bi, n. 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. Boo′by, Boo′byish, like a booby: stupid.—ns. Boo′byism; Boo′by-trap, a rude form of practical joke among boys, by which something is made to fall upon some one entering a door, or the like. [Sp. bobo, a dolt: may prob. be cog. with Ger. bube.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. booby

    A well-known tropical sea-bird, Sula fusca, of the family Pelecanidæ. It is fond of resting out of the water at night, even preferring an unstable perch on the yard of a ship. The name is derived from the way in which it allows itself to be caught immediately after settling. The direction in which they fly as evening comes on often shows where land may be found.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of booby in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of booby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of booby in a Sentence

  1. John Barrasso:

    Tracy Stone-Manning collaborated with eco-terrorists who had booby trapped trees with metal spikes, she mailed the threatening letter for them and she was part of the cover up. She did not cooperate with investigators until she was caught.

  2. Sharfan Darwish:

    There is news about many Daesh (IS) members escaping and evacuating some areas of Manbij and booby-trapping them, our forces are now on the outskirts of the city. The campaign continues.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    My sense of it is that these people were really planning a broader attack but I think the evidence is going to continue to show that these were clearly people that had been radicalized, you don't build all these pipe bombs and set up booby traps unless you're planning something.


    There are no risks, loops, tricks, booby traps or funny games in love -- only truth or lies.

  5. Redur Xelil:

    The move towards Tel Abyad from the east began today after the completion of the Suluk blockade, many of the Daesh militants have fled (Suluk), apart from a group of suicide attackers inside the town and the booby traps, so we are very cautious about entering the town center.

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