Simple Definition of nobble
: to give a drug to (a horse) to keep it from winning a race
: to cause or force (someone) to do something that you want by offering money, making threats, etc.
: to succeed in getting or catching (something or someone)
Examples of nobble in a sentence
We found out later that the horse had been nobbled, which explained its poor performance.
She was trying to nobble the jury.
Origin of nobble
perhaps irregular frequentative of nab
First Known Use: 1847
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