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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Looking through all the frames, Njoku doesn’t bobble the catch at all. cleveland, 4 Jan. 2021 Turbulence is nothing more than wonky wind currents that cause planes to bobble a bit, not at all unlike driving on a bumpy road or sailing on a choppy sea. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 23 Sep. 2020 Edelman bobbled the ball for a split second but clearly reached out and got both hands under the ball before landing on the turf. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 4 May 2020 Rengifo bobbled the grounder but recovered to throw to first to complete the 11th no-hitter in club history and first combined no-hitter since Mark Langston and Mike Witt against Seattle on April 11, 1990. Mike Digiovanna,, 12 July 2019 Don’t let your head bobble or your chin tuck toward your chest, which can create tension in the neck and shoulders, says Atkins. Mallory Creveling,, 7 Apr. 2020 Your arms were like strings and your head bobbled on your neck. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 Then, backup Philip Nelson, Jones’ replacement, turned the ball over on a play that was ruled a fumble when a backward pass was bobbled and landed in the hands of Houston linebacker DeMarquis Gates. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2020 The Eagles nearly scored on fourth down, but a pass from sophomore quarterback Cameron Knickerbocker to junior Tony Valdez was bobbled in the end zone and ultimately dropped, causing a turnover on downs. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a 4 on 4, Gustafson gets a breakaway after taking a bobble from James Stefan, who has to take him down. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 Despite a bobble at the start of his semifinal run, Radamus finished ahead of his German competitor, Linas Strasser, to get the United States’ only point. NBC News, 20 Feb. 2022 Chen landed four more effortless quads, his only slight bobble coming on a late combination sequence. Dave Skretta, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2022 Kagiyama, 18, and Uno, 24, both had a high degree of difficulty in their routines, but each made mistakes on his jumps, and against a skater at the peak of his talents like Chen, any bobble was one too many. Juliet Macur, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Under pressure, Jackson sidearmed a ball to running back Justice Hill, whose bobble gave inside linebacker L.J. Fort enough time to make a play for the ball. Edward Lee,, 9 Aug. 2021 Bader's bobble allowed Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain to accomplish the rare feat of scoring from second base on a sacrifice fly in the Brewers' 4-1 victory. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 The Bruins squandered the advantage, and McAvoy tripped Yegor Sharangovich after a bobble at the line with 14 seconds left in the man-up., 28 Mar. 2021 Nick Solak's bobble of Sam Haggerty's double in the left-field corner allowed Haggerty to reach third. Chris Talbott, Star Tribune, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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“Bobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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