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 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.’
    • ‘The team thinks the thieves will just dump the gear when they realise their boob and players are appealing for it to be returned.’
    • ‘The boob happened when the presenters stepped up to the stage to accept a gong for best daytime programme.’
    • ‘The London newspaper which made the boob quickly acknowledged its error, and he took his seat in Parliament.’
    • ‘This is a major boob, because credit cards charge staggeringly high interest rates.’
    • ‘They are either a spectacular boob or the cat's whiskers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A science-guy, described by colleagues as ‘a silly boob,’ confused the tub containing the live rats with the one containing the dead rats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will learn from his boob and it cannot detract from his performance.’
    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?’
    • ‘In the few scenes shown from the Union's side, we get the impression of incompetent boobs more afraid of the cold than command.’
    • ‘Homer is at heart an amiable boob, a man who genuinely wants to do right and often manages to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But you know, in Washington, I work with boobs every day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I am an absolute boob about all this chaos magic stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    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:

    ‘police realized they had boobed’
    • ‘I suggest we get as many people as possible to write in with a response so the paper knows it has boobed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their scratch card quizzes for cash have boobed twice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘20,000 lives would have been lost, not the two million that boobs like you repeat.’
    • ‘OK, I admit I boobed on the Marie Antoinette let-them-eat-cake thing.’
    • ‘Even when the Frenchman boobed the luck went United's way.’
    • ‘But he knew he'd boobed when he named the team - and left himself on the bench.’
    • ‘I've had my knuckles rapped for a venue boob I made last week.’
    • ‘An artist boobed after his painting of a breastfeeding mum attracted a number of complaints from staff on a maternity ward.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't even want to think what his reaction would be if the doc got anywhere near my boobs.’
    • ‘You were distracted by a pair of boobs and a stupid blonde!’
    • ‘And where did those giant boobs come from suddenly?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People came up and congratulated me and my boob just slipped out.’
    • ‘Headlines of big boobs, fat butts and scandalous stories are always on the front pages.’
    • ‘Her tummy is trim, her legs long (for obvious reasons), her boobs big, and her butt nice and round.’
    • ‘I don't understand what it is about boobs everyone finds so fascinating.’
    • ‘When you have a baby and decide to breast feed that baby, you are going to enter the world of leaking boobs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He reached over, grabbed my boob and said it was right there.’
    • ‘Jon asks with barely any interest, ‘Was that her boob?’’
    • ‘If one more idiot drooled at my boobs, I was going to scream.’
    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/