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bob

verb \ ˈbäb \

Definition of bob

bobbed; bobbing
transitive verb
1 :to strike with a quick light blow :rap
2 :to move up and down in a short quick movement
  • bob the head
3 :to polish with a bob :buff
intransitive verb
1 a :to move up and down briefly or repeatedly
b :to emerge, arise, or appear suddenly or unexpectedly
2 :to nod or curtsy briefly
3 :to try to seize a suspended or floating object with the teeth

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English boben


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

1 a :a short quick down-and-up motion
b Scotland :any of several folk dances
2 obsolete :a blow or tap especially with the fist
3 a :a modification of the order in change ringing
b :a method of change ringing using a bob
4 :a small polishing wheel of solid felt or leather with rounded edges

First Known Use of bob

circa 1550

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bob

verb

Definition of bob

bobbed; bobbing
transitive verb
1 obsolete :deceive, cheat
2 obsolete :to take by fraud :filch

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English bobben, from Old French bober


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

1 a (1) :bunch, cluster
(2) Scotland :nosegay
b :a knob, knot, twist, or curl especially of ribbons, yarn, or hair
c :a short haircut on a woman or child
2 :float 2a
3 :a hanging ball or weight (as on a plumb line)
4 :trifle 1
  • bits and bobs

Origin and Etymology of bob

Middle English bobbe


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bob

verb

Definition of bob

bobbed; bobbing
transitive verb
1 :to cut shorter :crop
  • bob a horse's tail
2 :to cut (hair) in the style of a bob

First Known Use of bob

1822


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

plural bob
slang, British

Origin and Etymology of bob

perhaps from the name Bob


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bob

noun

Definition of bob

First Known Use of bob

1856



BOB Defined for Kids

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bob

verb \ ˈbäb \

Definition of bob for Students

bobbed; bobbing
1 :to move or cause to move with a short jerky up-and-down motion
2 :to try to seize something with the teeth
  • bob for apples

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bob

noun

Definition of bob for Students

:a short jerky up-and-down motion

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bob

noun

Definition of bob for Students

1 :a float used to buoy up the baited end of a fishing line
2 :a woman's or child's short haircut

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bob

verb

Definition of bob for Students

bobbed; bobbing
1 :to cut (hair) in the style of a bob
2 :to cut shorter
  • bob a dog's tail


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