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Badaud

A booby. C'est un franc badaud, he is a regular booby. Le badaud de Paris, a French cockney. From the Italian, badare, to gaze in the air, to stare about one.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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