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bob

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verb \ˈbäb\

Definition of bob

bobbed

;

bobbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike with a quick light blow :  rap

  3. 2 :  to move up and down in a short quick movement bob the head

  4. 3 :  to polish with a bob :  buff

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a :  to move up and down briefly or repeatedlyb :  to emerge, arise, or appear suddenly or unexpectedly

  7. 2 :  to nod or curtsy briefly

  8. 3 :  to try to seize a suspended or floating object with the teeth

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English boben


First Known Use: 13th century


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

  1. 1a :  a short quick down-and-up motionb Scotland :  any of several folk dances

  2. 2 obsolete :  a blow or tap especially with the fist

  3. 3a :  a modification of the order in change ringingb :  a method of change ringing using a bob

  4. 4 :  a small polishing wheel of solid felt or leather with rounded edges

Circa 1550

First Known Use of bob

circa 1550

Other Dance Terms


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bob

verb

Definition of bob

bobbed

;

bobbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  deceive, cheat

  3. 2 obsolete :  to take by fraud :  filch

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English bobben, from Old French bober


First Known Use: 14th century


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

  1. 1a (1) :  bunch, cluster (2) Scotland :  nosegayb :  a knob, knot, twist, or curl especially of ribbons, yarn, or hairc :  a short haircut on a woman or child

  2. 2 :  float 2a

  3. 3 :  a hanging ball or weight (as on a plumb line)

  4. 4 :  trifle 1 bits and bobs

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English bobbe


First Known Use: 15th century


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bob

verb

Definition of bob

bobbed

;

bobbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut shorter :  crop bob a horse's tail

  3. 2 :  to cut (hair) in the style of a bob

1822

First Known Use of bob

1822


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

plural

bob

slang, British

  1. :  shilling

Origin and Etymology of bob

perhaps from the name Bob


First Known Use: 1789


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

  1. :  bobsled

1856

First Known Use of bob

1856



BOB Defined for Kids

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bob

play
verb \ˈbäb\

Definition of bob for Students

bobbed

;

bobbing

  1. 1 :  to move or cause to move with a short jerky up-and-down motion

  2. 2 :  to try to seize something with the teeth bob for apples


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bob

play
noun

Definition of bob for Students

  1. :  a short jerky up-and-down motion


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bob

play
noun

Definition of bob for Students

  1. 1 :  a float used to buoy up the baited end of a fishing line

  2. 2 :  a woman's or child's short haircut


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bob

play
verb

Definition of bob for Students

bobbed

;

bobbing

  1. 1 :  to cut (hair) in the style of a bob

  2. 2 :  to cut shorter bob a dog's tail



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