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(1) A popular term for (a) breast (plural, boobs)

The Online Etymology Dictionary suggests that it came from the English bubby, further from the German Bubbi, and further still from Latin puppa (all meaning small or little girl). Note: Whilst the nominative boob is not commonly used in polite company, the adjectival boob, as in boob job, is.  

(2) An obtuse person

The OED cites the 16th century as the time at which boob and booby–for stupid person–entered English, possibly from the Latin balbus for stutter or stammer (in Spanish, un bobo is a stupid person), from whence the term boob tube, a popular synonym for a television.  


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