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1North American A foolish or stupid person.‘why was that boob given a key investigation?’
idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, moron, cretin, imbecile, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, dullard, nincompoop, duffer, jackassView synonyms
- ‘Carol had always been a bit of a boob and Marie figured Zizi had tricked him into it.’
- ‘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 I am an absolute boob about all this chaos magic stuff.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The bulk of the movie centers on Schmidt traveling to Colorado to try to stop his daughter from marrying a redneck boob.’
- ‘Homer is at heart an amiable boob, a man who genuinely wants to do right and often manages to.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But you know, in Washington, I work with boobs every day.’
- ‘‘I'm not calling him a boob,’ Stuart said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Tom this is your cue to talk about boobs on drugs,’
- ‘Lest it seem that I think that all journalists are ignorant boobs, I should note that there are exceptions.’
- ‘In the few scenes shown from the Union's side, we get the impression of incompetent boobs more afraid of the cold than command.’
2British An embarrassing mistake.
error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flawView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A science-guy, described by colleagues as ‘a silly boob,’ confused the tub containing the live rats with the one containing the dead rats.’
- ‘This is a major boob, because credit cards charge staggeringly high interest rates.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The London newspaper which made the boob quickly acknowledged its error, and he took his seat in Parliament.’
- ‘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 team thinks the thieves will just dump the gear when they realise their boob and players are appealing for it to be returned.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He will learn from his boob and it cannot detract from his performance.’
Early 20th century: abbreviation of booby.
A woman's breast.
mammary gland, mammaView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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…’
- ‘You were distracted by a pair of boobs and a stupid blonde!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And where did those giant boobs come from suddenly?’
- ‘I didn't even want to think what his reaction would be if the doc got anywhere near my boobs.’
- ‘People came up and congratulated me and my boob just slipped out.’
- ‘If one more idiot drooled at my boobs, I was going to scream.’
- ‘Headlines of big boobs, fat butts and scandalous stories are always on the front pages.’
- ‘Jon asks with barely any interest, ‘Was that her boob?’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Her tummy is trim, her legs long (for obvious reasons), her boobs big, and her butt nice and round.’
- ‘He reached over, grabbed my boob and said it was right there.’
- ‘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.’
1950s (originally US): abbreviation of booby, from dialect bubby, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German dialect Bübbi ‘teat’.
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