bob·​ble | \ ˈbä-bəl How to pronounce bobble (audio) \
bobbled; bobbling\ ˈbä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bobbling (audio) \

Definition of bobble

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Definition of bobble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a repeated bobbing movement
2 : a small ball of fabric especially : one in a series used on an edging
3 : error, mistake especially : a mishandling of the ball in baseball or football

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Examples of bobble in a Sentence

Verb The catcher bobbled the ball. the first baseman bobbled the catch, so the runner was safe Noun a bobble that cost them the game The curtains have a series of bobbles along the edge.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Red, white and green balloons bobbled in the breeze outside the restaurant while a mariachi band played indoors. Daily Pilot, "Hispanic Heritage Month is cause to celebrate in Costa Mesa," 19 Sep. 2019 Jauan Jennings, the team’s top receiver, bobbled a would-be touchdown in the end zone that resulted in an interception. San Diego Union-Tribune, "No. 9 Florida routs Tennessee 34-3, extends series dominance," 21 Sep. 2019 After rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting made his first career interception on a pass bobbled by Alvin Kamara in the first quarter, Winston effectively skirted pressure by climbing the pocket and hit Godwin for a 26-yard TD and a 7-3 lead., "Buccaneers vs. Saints highlights | Week 5," 7 Oct. 2019 After rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting made his first career interception on a pass bobbled by Alvin Kamara in the first quarter, Winston effectively skirted pressure by climbing the pocket and hit Godwin for a 26-yard TD and a 7-3 lead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bridgewater’s breakout lifts Saints past Bucs 31-24," 6 Oct. 2019 The Reds then dealt a hammer blow through the boot of Georginio Wijnaldum; the Dutchman's bobbling effort squirming through the palms of Henderson, who somewhat redeemed himself with a fine save to deny Mo Salah late on., "Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Goalkeeping Howler Hands Reds Victory," 28 Sep. 2019 The snap was bobbled by punter Jack Brooks with Frankie Onate attempting a swift kick before the ball fumbled backward into the hands of a Memphis defender and returned for the 2-point defensive conversion. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s matchup with South Alabama," 18 Sep. 2019 On a third-and-goal scramble from the 8-yard line, Tagovailoa bobbled the ball away and LSU recovered. Mike Rodak |, al, "Instant analysis: Joe Burrow buries Alabama’s SEC title hopes," 10 Nov. 2019 Juan Soto bobbled the baseball in left field, allowing him third base. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros bounce back to take Game 3 against Nationals," 26 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But then Pittsburgh fumbled, and the bobble was taken by Doug Dieken, enabling the Browns to move in for six points. Rich Exner, cleveland, "The day Joe “Turkey” Jones upended Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw and what else happened in the game: Browns Flashback," 26 Nov. 2019 The conditions were also treacherous for punt returner Diontae Spencer, who had four fair catches in as many chances (one bobble). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Briefs: Wind results in “hardest kick” in Brandon McManus’ career," 24 Nov. 2019 WR Kendrick Bourne: Four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown, but had a bobble that led to an interception and another drop that ended a potential touchdown drive. Eric Branch,, "49ers no longer perfect, fall to Seahawks 27-24 in overtime," 11 Nov. 2019 The different layers of the orchestra locked in seamlessly, with only a slight bobble in the brass during a particularly ethereal section of the fourth movement marring the quality of the performance. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: Guest pianist Kevin Cole dazzles on a night of memorable melodies," 13 Oct. 2019 As for the turnovers, the first interception came off a Matt Breida bobble, the second on a pass Dante Pettis couldn’t snag, and the fumble on a botched snap at the Steelers 7. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 24, Steelers 20: Studs and duds from fourth-quarter comeback," 22 Sep. 2019 And that might have caused an unsettling front-end bobble at very high speeds that was not apparent when driving within the speed limit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to an icon," 17 Aug. 2019 Panik’s bobble allowed pitcher Zach Davies to score the game-tying run after Davies doubled to left field with one out in the fifth. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants lose on walk-off double in game loaded with late twists and turns," 13 July 2019 His momentary bobble ensured Yelich would score to tie the game. Henry Schulman,, "Giants overcome Will Smith’s first blown save, beat Brewers on Buster Posey’s grand slam," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of bobble


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bobble


frequentative of bob entry 1

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The first known use of bobble was in 1812

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11 Jan 2020

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“Bobble.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move up and down quickly or repeatedly
US : to handle (something, such as a ball) in a clumsy or awkward way : to fail to catch (something)



English Language Learners Definition of bobble (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a mistake that occurs when a player fails to catch or handle the ball properly in baseball, football, etc.
chiefly British : a small ball of fabric that is used for decoration

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