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noun (1)

bob·​ber ˈbä-bər How to pronounce bobber (audio)
: one that bobs
especially : float entry 1 sense 2a


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noun (2)

: a person who rides or races on a bobsled

Examples of bobber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
In fact, it can be argued that a simple crayfish under a bobber or nightcrawler soaking on the bottom will often be more effective for these fish than a bunch of fancy lures. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 23 May 2024 The balls, slightly smaller than ping-pong balls and two-toned like fishing bobbers, contain a powdered chemical that reacts with glycol antifreeze to generate flames about 30 seconds after the machine injects that substance. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2024 For most, a long-shank Aberdeen-style panfish hook with a depth-appropriate split shot weight, and an adjustable bobber does the job. Manmade Bait For impromptu bluegill missions, bread balls made from any soft, moldable baked item are an easy sell. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 28 Feb. 2024 Autorama Extreme The show will feature the 19th year of Autorama Extreme, a show on the Huntington Place lower level, with 200 traditional rods, customs and bobber bikes, with awards and performances. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 Most anglers choose to cast 1/8 th to ¼ ounce jigs with plastic variations below bobbers to entice these fish from shoreline structures or remaining green weeds throughout the winter. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 Before long, the bobber twitched and slowly started moving toward the middle of the pond. Idaho Statesman, 2 Mar. 2016 Each child taking part will receive a small tackle box filled with bobbers, lures and other items. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 Baits can be fished on or near bottom, or, given high water, under a slip bobber along the edge of creek channels or among flooded vegetation. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 21 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1593, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobber was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Bobber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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: one that bobs
especially : float entry 1 sense 2a
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