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boobyish, adj.

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Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: booby n.1, -ish suffix1.

  Resembling or characteristic of a booby (booby n.1 1); booby-like; inept, awkward, blundering.

1778   F. Burney Evelina II. iii. 44   Till the violence of this boobyish humour is abated.
1839   H. Hallam Introd. Lit. Europe III. vi. 562   Awkward and boobyish among civil people, but at home in rude sports.
1877   Reynolds's Newspaper 11 Mar. 2/5   Were it otherwise, we should not have the great number of brainless, boobyish aristocrats..that have contrived to get M.P. attached to their names, returned to parliament.
1912   W. Deeping Strong Hand xxix. 228   They are queer chaps. They come in year after year, looking as shy and boobyish as a lot of calves.
1977   Financial Times 28 Apr. 3/2   Nigel Burgoine makes an acceptably boobyish Dodon.
2007   Boards (Nexis) 1 June 21   Krallman's omission of stereotypes..is commendable in an age when boobyish antics dominate American beer advertising.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).