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You are viewing the etymology of booby meaning: (Verb Noun) (rare, intransitive) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.. (transitive) To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap. A stupid person.. Any of various [...](rare, intransitive) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.. (transitive) To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap. A stupid person.. Any of various [...]. You may also see other English etymologies of booby.
English word booby comes from Proto-Indo-European *balbal-, and later Latin balbus (Fumbling. Lisping. Stammering, stuttering.).

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Booby detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*balbal- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
balbus Latin (lat) Fumbling. Lisping. Stammering, stuttering.
bobo Spanish (spa) A stupid or naive person; a fool. Stupid, silly, naïve.
booby English (eng) (rare, intransitive) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.. (transitive) To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap. A stupid person.. Any of various large tropical seabirds from the genera Sula and Papasula in the gannet family Sulidae, traditionally considered to be stupid.. In the game of croquet, a ball that has not passed through the first wicket.