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.
(Australia, colloquial) Of hair, puffy, or having extra volume, not necessarily desired; having such hair; see bouffant.
* 2004 , Margaret Simons, Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders ,
- My hair was so boofy this morning it took 10 minutes of brushing to get it looking decent.
* 2005 , John Harms, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story ,
- He appeared in person much as he did on television – big, boofy even when well groomed – like a version of Ginger Meggs grown up and gone into politics.
* 2010 , James Dack, Stephen Dack, Larry Writer, Sunshine and Shadow: A Brothers' Story ,
- Steve trotted onto the field: a young footballer with a boofy , 1980s haircut.
- I'm smiling, my tie is askew, and I'm sporting a boofy big hairdo, like all the other kids in my class.
Possibly from or influenced by boofhead.
(Australia, colloquial) Brawny, overtly masculine and rather dim-witted.
* 2006 , Judy Hardy-Holden, Love in the Afternoon ,
- Dave, the big boofy''' builder, finally solved the mouse problem the big '''boofy bloke way: by crushing it unceremoniously under his boot.
* 2011 , Dave Graney, 1001 Australian Nights: A Memoir ,
- My friend Sharn has a friend in her late 50s who is very keen to maintain sexual relations with her husband, a big boofy bloke, a mechanic by trade.
* 2011 , John Sullivan, Firebug ,
- Suddenly the carriage was full of boofy schoolboys all excitedly chesting and punching each other and stretching their limbs as they tried to sit still.
- She likes Doug Wright, believes behind the hard facade lives a warm, boofy bloke not unlike her Dave.