Note: as an adjective, also spelled BOBBEREE
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for adjective: ? from bobbery (n.)
for noun: (from E-NED) According to Col. Yule, and others, an Anglo-Indian representation of Hindī Bāp re! O father!, a common exclamation of surprise or grief.
Forby has it in 1830 as East Anglian dialect; and it has been plausibly (as to the form) referred to Spanish boberia folly; but the evidence for its origination in India is decisive.
1816 - The Grand Master, or Adventures of Qui Hi? in Hindostan, "Quiz';
see below from E-NED
From: Peter Simple
By Frederick Marryat, Vol II, 1834
Chapter XII. Captain Kearney - The Dignity Ball