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

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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 Looking through all the frames, Njoku doesn’t bobble the catch at all. cleveland, "Our favorite photos from Cleveland Browns’ playoffs-clinching, 24-22 win over Pittsburgh Steelers," 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, "How to Get Over Your Fear of Flying in 9 Simple Steps," 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, "SportsDay staffers pick the best plays they’ve ever witnessed: Game-winners, miraculous catches and rare anomalies," 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,, "Angels throw combined no-hitter on night they honor Tyler Skaggs," 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,, "What Muscles Do Push-Ups Work? Here's How to Do Them the Right Way," 7 Apr. 2020 Your arms were like strings and your head bobbled on your neck. New York Times, "‘Nobody Will Tell You This but Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story,’ by Bess Kalb: An Excerpt," 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, "XFL Week 4 winners and losers include Vipers' rushing attack," 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, "Ocean View football hangs on to beat Estancia," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nick Solak's bobble of Sam Haggerty's double in the left-field corner allowed Haggerty to reach third. Chris Talbott, Star Tribune, "Lewis, Margevicius lead Mariners past Rangers 7-4," 21 Aug. 2020 Typing felt perfectly stable, with no feeling of flex or bobble. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Moft Z is a standing desk that fits in your laptop bag," 26 Apr. 2020 Mahomes found Hill, whose bobble led to the second San Francisco pick, for 44 yards on a third-and-15 — the first long pass completed by Kansas City. Washington Post, "Super Rally: Mahomes, Chiefs win Super Bowl with late surge," 3 Feb. 2020 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

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Bobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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