Main definitions of boob in English

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boob1

noun

informal
  • 1British An embarrassing mistake.

    ‘the boob was spotted by a security expert at the show’
    • ‘The team thinks the thieves will just dump the gear when they realise their boob and players are appealing for it to be returned.’
    • ‘They are either a spectacular boob or the cat's whiskers.’
    • ‘The boob happened when the presenters stepped up to the stage to accept a gong for best daytime programme.’
    • ‘Burnley's arrangements for the town's next mayor have had to be changed after a mathematics boob led to the wrong man being put up for the job.’
    • ‘The London newspaper which made the boob quickly acknowledged its error, and he took his seat in Parliament.’
    • ‘He will learn from his boob and it cannot detract from his performance.’
    • ‘The hook for his new venture is helping others to avoid the blunders that he and his boob of a boss made when disaster struck in Louisiana.’
    • ‘This is a major boob, because credit cards charge staggeringly high interest rates.’
    • ‘A science-guy, described by colleagues as ‘a silly boob,’ confused the tub containing the live rats with the one containing the dead rats.’
    • ‘It overcame the curse of the solitary writer by creating a Jekyll-Hyde pairing, the crass boob with a commercial touch and the angst-ridden elitist sibling.’
    • ‘They're a drunken ex-general and a stumbling boob, and they go off in search of the ex-general's son, who's gone off to be a guru.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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  • 2North American A foolish or stupid person.

    ‘why was that boob given a key investigation?’
    • ‘Lest it seem that I think that all journalists are ignorant boobs, I should note that there are exceptions.’
    • ‘Tom this is your cue to talk about boobs on drugs,’
    • ‘‘I'm not calling him a boob,’ Stuart said.’
    • ‘Homer is at heart an amiable boob, a man who genuinely wants to do right and often manages to.’
    • ‘But I am an absolute boob about all this chaos magic stuff.’
    • ‘That would have been great, except for the fact that the incompetent boobs didn't order enough gift vouchers and so they had run out.’
    • ‘Humanity has come so far, yet we're still just a bunch of blundering boobs who've learned nothing from past mistakes.’
    • ‘So at the risk of sounding like a boob, I think we're going win this generational struggle to determine the future shape of the world.’
    • ‘If he made some Americans scorn their boob or yokel neighbors, he made others - there's no way of numbering them - laugh at themselves.’
    • ‘But you know, in Washington, I work with boobs every day.’
    • ‘After all, he got a fellow widely derided as a boob into the White House, and then he guided a gigantic relieve-the-rich tax cut through Congress.’
    • ‘The bulk of the movie centers on Schmidt traveling to Colorado to try to stop his daughter from marrying a redneck boob.’
    • ‘Carol had always been a bit of a boob and Marie figured Zizi had tricked him into it.’
    • ‘In the few scenes shown from the Union's side, we get the impression of incompetent boobs more afraid of the cold than command.’
    • ‘Of course, if Homeland Security had swooped down on the harmless replica, that would have been taken as evidence they were incompetent boobs as well.’
    idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, moron, cretin, imbecile, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, dullard, nincompoop, duffer, jackass
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verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • Make an embarrassing mistake.

    ‘we found that we had boobed and the booking was for the previous week’
    • ‘Their scratch card quizzes for cash have boobed twice.’
    • ‘OK, I admit I boobed on the Marie Antoinette let-them-eat-cake thing.’
    • ‘An artist boobed after his painting of a breastfeeding mum attracted a number of complaints from staff on a maternity ward.’
    • ‘I suggest we get as many people as possible to write in with a response so the paper knows it has boobed.’
    • ‘But he knew he'd boobed when he named the team - and left himself on the bench.’
    • ‘Even when the Frenchman boobed the luck went United's way.’
    • ‘20,000 lives would have been lost, not the two million that boobs like you repeat.’
    • ‘I've had my knuckles rapped for a venue boob I made last week.’
    • ‘Hmmmm, perhaps that's why my economic theory about spending your way out of a depression didn't work, but Keynes boobed on that one too.’
    • ‘He should also be applauded for having the guts to admit he might have boobed and wrongly made one of the most crucial decisions in the match.’
    perpetrate, commit, be responsible for, be guilty of, be to blame for
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Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of booby.

Pronunciation

boob

/buːb/

Main definitions of boob in English

: boob1boob2

boob2

noun

usually boobs
informal
  • A woman's breast.

    • ‘I don't understand what it is about boobs everyone finds so fascinating.’
    • ‘When removing one's lifejacket upon returning to the boat, check first to see that your right boob has not slipped out of your bikini.’
    • ‘And where did those giant boobs come from suddenly?’
    • ‘The way to change my life and the way to fix everything is to go and change a cheekbone or an eye or a boob…’
    • ‘If one more idiot drooled at my boobs, I was going to scream.’
    • ‘I didn't even want to think what his reaction would be if the doc got anywhere near my boobs.’
    • ‘But she admitted there are certain things she wore back then that she would not wear now, such as navel breakers or deep-cut tops with her boobs sticking out.’
    • ‘I know, girls are meant to be padded, and I'm not trying to avoid that; I like my boobs, I fully intend to keep them, and I think women look better with some curves to them.’
    • ‘Her tummy is trim, her legs long (for obvious reasons), her boobs big, and her butt nice and round.’
    • ‘When you have a baby and decide to breast feed that baby, you are going to enter the world of leaking boobs.’
    • ‘He reached over, grabbed my boob and said it was right there.’
    • ‘You were distracted by a pair of boobs and a stupid blonde!’
    • ‘Jon asks with barely any interest, ‘Was that her boob?’’
    • ‘Headlines of big boobs, fat butts and scandalous stories are always on the front pages.’
    • ‘A blonde girl, hmmm, with big boobs, that's not so easy to pinpoint, there have been a quite a few of them on the show.’
    • ‘People came up and congratulated me and my boob just slipped out.’
    mammary gland, mamma
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Origin

1950s (originally US): abbreviation of booby, from dialect bubby, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German dialect Bübbi ‘teat’.

Pronunciation

boob

/buːb/