a. A small, light, horse-drawn carriage or buggy; (also occasionally, with disparaging overtones) any flimsy or badly-made vehicle (cf. sense 3). Now rare.
b. U.S. A horse-drawn sleigh of a type particularly used in New England, having an enclosed body like that of a coach or brougham; = booby hut n. at booby n.1 Compounds 2. rare (now hist.).Booby hut is the more common term.
2. Nautical. A removable cover or small companion (companion n.2 1) over a hatchway which allows people access to a lower deck or compartment but which is not large enough to be used for cargo. Hence also: a small cabin on the deck of a vessel, or a compartment below the deck. Cf. booby hatch n. 1, booby house n. 1. Now rare.
3. colloq. Any box, compartment, stall, or similar structure, esp. one considered to be insubstantial or badly made. Now rare (chiefly Eng. regional).
a. A place of incarceration; a lock-up; a cell. Cf. booby n.1 5, booby hatch n. 2a. Now rare.
b. A psychiatric hospital or home, an asylum for the mentally ill; = booby hatch n. 2b. rare.
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