Booby vs Boofy - What's the difference?

booby | boofy |

As a noun booby

is a stupid person or booby can be (slang) a woman’s breast.

As a verb booby

is (rare|intransitive) to behave stupidly; to act like a booby.

As an adjective boofy is

(australia|colloquial) of hair, puffy, or having extra volume, not necessarily desired; having such hair; see bouffant or boofy can be (australia|colloquial) brawny, overtly masculine and rather dim-witted.



(wikipedia booby) (Sulidae)

Etymology 1

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
    Derived terms
    * 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:
  • Who lounge and who loot, and who booby about, / No knowledge within, and no manners without;
  • To install a booby trap on or at (something); to attack (someone) with a booby trap.
  • * 1976 "Weekly Almanac", Jet volume 22, page 44:
  • Self Boobied . Donald E. Campbell of Merritt Island, Fla., accidentally tripped on one of the shotgun shell booby traps he had installed

    Etymology 2

    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.

    Derived terms

    * boob





    Etymology 1

    From bouffant.


  • (Australia, colloquial) Of hair, puffy, or having extra volume, not necessarily desired; having such hair; see bouffant.
  • My hair was so boofy this morning it took 10 minutes of brushing to get it looking decent.
  • * 2004 , Margaret Simons, Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders , page 38,
  • 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.
  • * 2005 , John Harms, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story , page 81,
  • Steve trotted onto the field: a young footballer with a boofy , 1980s haircut.
  • * 2010 , James Dack, Stephen Dack, Larry Writer, Sunshine and Shadow: A Brothers' Story , unnumbered page,
  • I'm smiling, my tie is askew, and I'm sporting a boofy big hairdo, like all the other kids in my class.

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from or influenced by boofhead.


  • (Australia, colloquial) Brawny, overtly masculine and rather dim-witted.
  • Dave, the big boofy''' builder, finally solved the mouse problem the big '''boofy bloke way: by crushing it unceremoniously under his boot.
  • * 2006 , Judy Hardy-Holden, Love in the Afternoon , page 58,
  • 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 , Dave Graney, 1001 Australian Nights: A Memoir , page 116,
  • 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.
  • * 2011 , John Sullivan, Firebug , page 72,
  • She likes Doug Wright, believes behind the hard facade lives a warm, boofy bloke not unlike her Dave.