A Dictionary of the English Language
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Bo'oby. n.s. [a word of no certain eymology; Henshaw thinks it a corruption of bull-beef ridiculously; Skinner imagines it to be derived from bobo, foolish, Span. 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.] A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a lubber.

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

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

Sources: Henshaw, Thomas (1) · Junius, Francis (23) · King, William (13) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Skinner, Stephen (55)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Scottish (7) · Spanish (12)

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