a stupid person; dunce.
a gannet of the genus Sula, having a bright bill, bright feet, or both: some are endangered.
a female breast.
Historical Examples

Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2 John Lort Stokes
The Laughing Prince Parker Fillmore
Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2 John Lort Stokes
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 3, 1892 Various
Mrs. Tree Laura E. Richards
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850. Various
Frank Merriwell’s Son Burt L. Standish
Deformities of Samuel Johnson, Selected from his Works Anonymous
The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding

noun (pl) -bies
an ignorant or foolish person
(Brit) the losing player in a game
any of several tropical marine birds of the genus Sula: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc). They have a straight stout bill and the plumage is white with darker markings Compare gannet

At the end of every session the dominie had the satirical custom of presenting his tawse as a “booby-prize” to some idle or stupid lout whom he picked out as meriting this distinction so that next time they met he might start fresh and fair with new pair for a new set of classes. [Ascott R. Hope, “Dumps,” “Young England” magazine, 1883]


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