Simple Definition of hobnob
: to spend time with someone (such as a famous or wealthy person) in a friendly way
Full Definition of hobnob
1 archaic : to drink sociably
2 : to associate familiarly
Examples of hobnob in a sentence
He loves to hobnob with celebrities.
<those two have been hobnobbing together since freshman year>
Did You Know?
Hob and "nob" first came together in print in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, when Sir Toby Belch warned Viola (who was disguised as a man) that Sir Andrew wanted to duel. "Hob, nob is his word," said Sir Toby, using "hob nob" to mean something like "hit or miss." Sir Toby's term is probably an alteration of "habnab," a phrase that meant "to have or not have, however it may turn out." After Shakespeare's day, "hob" and "nob" became established in the phrases "to drink hob or nob" and "to drink hobnob," which were used to mean "to drink alternately to each other." Since "drinking hobnob" was generally done among friends, "hobnob" came to refer to congenial social interaction.
Origin of hobnob
from the obsolete phrase drink hobnob to drink alternately to one another
First Known Use: 1813
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