Clipped form of booby (“fool”). Appeared near the beginning of the twentieth century; more information at booby § Etymology 1.
boob (plural boobs)
- (informal, derogatory)Idiot, fool.
1914, George Vere Hobart, Boobs, as Seen by John Henry, OCLC14521032, page 75:
Not having an ear for music it annoys me to hear the boobs squeal.
- 2013: US Magazine
- He said he felt like such a boob in school and nobody talked to him.
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