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WORD ORIGIN

"television set," U.S. slang, by 1965, from boob "stupid person" + slang tube (n.) "television, television programming," because the sets really did have vacuum tubes in them once upon a time.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BOOB TUBE

TV

nounvisual and audio entertainment transmitted via radio waves
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