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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Booby  \Boo"by\  (b[=oo]"b[y^]),  n.;  pl  {Boobies}  (-b[i^]z).  [Sp. 
  bobo  dunce,  idiot;  cf  L.  balbus  stammering,  E.  barbarous.] 
  1.  A  dunce;  a  stupid  fellow. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  swimming  bird  ({Sula  fiber}  or  {S.  sula})  related  to 
  the  common  gannet,  and  found  in  the  West  Indies, 
  nesting  on  the  bare  rocks.  It  is  so  called  on  account 
  of  its  apparent  stupidity.  The  name  is  also  sometimes 
  applied  to  other  species  of  gannets;  as  {S. 
  piscator},  the  red-footed  booby. 
  b  A  species  of  penguin  of  the  antarctic  seas. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Booby  \Boo"by\  (b[=oo]"b[y^]),  a. 
  Having  the  characteristics  of  a  booby;  stupid. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  booby 
  n  1:  an  ignorant  or  foolish  person  [syn:  {dumbbell},  {dummy},  {dope}, 
  {boob},  {pinhead}] 
  2:  small  tropical  gannet  having  a  bright  bill  or  bright  feet  or 
  both 




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