17th Century. (etyl) bobo, from (etyl) .
A stupid person.
(by extension) Any of various large tropical seabirds from the genera Sula'' and ''Papasula in the gannet family Sulidae, traditionally considered to be stupid.
* 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
- At which time, ?ome Boobyes , weary of flight, made our Ship their pearch, an animall ?o ?imple as ?uffers any to take her without feare, as if a ?tupid ?en?e made her carele??e of danger...
* (stupid person)
* (large tropical seabird) sulid
* Abbott's booby, Papasula abbotti
* blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii
* brown booby, Sula leucogaster
* masked booby, Sula dactylatra
* Nazca booby, Sula granti
* Peruvian booby, Sula variegata
* red-footed booby, Sula sula
* Tasman booby,
* booby trap
(rare) To behave stupidly; to act like a booby.
* 1824 (Washington Irving), "Proclamation", Salmagundi volume 1:
To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap.
* 1976 "Weekly Almanac", Jet volume 22, page 44:
- Who lounge and who loot, and who booby about, / No knowledge within, and no manners without;
- Self Boobied . Donald E. Campbell of Merritt Island, Fla., accidentally tripped on one of the shotgun shell booby traps he had installed
From the earlier form bubby .
(slang) a woman’s breast
* 1934 (Henry Miller),
- At ten o’clock she was lying on the divan with her boobies in her hands.
The act of conveying; carrying.
Means of conveyance.
A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
(British) A rail car, esp. designed for the conveyance of passengers.
A manner of walking and moving in general; how one carries oneself, bearing, gait.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
- The carriage ride was very romantic.
* 2010 , (Christopher Hitchens), Hitch-22 , Atlantic 2011, p. 90:
- His carriage was full comely and vpright, / His countenaunce demure and temperate [...].
(archaic) One's behaviour, or way of conducting oneself towards others.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 407:
- He chose to speak largely about Vietnam [...], and his wonderfully sonorous voice was as enthralling to me as his very striking carriage and appearance.
* 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I:
- He now assumed a carriage to me so very different from what he had lately worn, and so nearly resembling his behaviour the first week of our marriage, that [...] he might, possibly, have rekindled my fondness for him.
The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
(US, New England) A shopping cart.
(British) A stroller; a baby carriage.
The charge made for conveying (especially in the phrases carriage forward'', when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and ''carriage paid ).
- Some people whisper but no doubt they lie, / For malice still imputes some private end, / That Inez had, ere Don Alfonso's marriage, / Forgot with him her very prudent carriage [...].
* vinaigrette (person-drawn or pushed; not horse-drawn)
Related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
*:Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging.He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage -horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
*:a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil! You! Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.