bobble

verb
bob·ble | \ ˈbä-bəl \
bobbled; bobbling\ˈbä-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of bobble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

bobble

noun

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

Will Sullivan is the first to get on base for Dr. Phillips via an error on a grounder that was bobbled by the second baseman. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Inning-by-Inning: Timber Creek defeats Dr. Phillips in state semifinal," 2 June 2018 Against Portugal, David de Gea also bobbled a shot from outside the box, but unlike Neuer, his error resulted in a goal. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Germany Crashes Out of World Cup With a Loss to South Korea," 28 June 2018 Jose Altuve bobbled it, sank to the dirt and came up empty-handed. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Bregman delivers another walkoff win for Astros," 27 June 2018 Tigers add another with Wright's bloop single to center bobbled in the field. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Auburn sweeps Alabama, 44-10," 21 Apr. 2018 Gallagher reached base on a catch bobbled by Pillar in center field and was credited with a double. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' bullpen falls apart twice as Blue Jays sweep doubleheader | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte bobbled a grounder and Jones beat the throw to first. ... George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers extend losing streak to 10 with 3-2 loss to Blue Jays," 29 June 2018 As an incentive to purchase tickets to certain home games, the Reds provide attending fans with varying promotional items ranging from reusable grocery bags to bobbleheads —the miniature statues of Reds players with oversized heads that bobble. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Supreme Court to consider whether Reds' giveaways should be taxed," 5 June 2018 The Germany keeper bobbled the ball and needed to swipe the rebound away from the attackers after a spectacular dive. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, "Defending champions Germany eliminated from World Cup after losing Korea," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both on a macro and micro level, Onrush includes a number of puzzling design decisions and execution bobbles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onrush game review: Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up," 5 June 2018 Dayesi Torriente and Sterling Baca were all things regal and strong (despite one rather large bobble in Torriente’s turns). Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Jewels' shines at the Academy of Music," 11 May 2018 Chen fell once and had bobbles on other jumps and moves. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Alina Zagitova," 22 Feb. 2018 Fister's solid work was spoiled by two pickoffs at second base and a bobble by Rougned Odor on a potential double-play grounder. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers don't back Fister in 2-1 loss to Mariners," 28 May 2018 Chen fell once and had bobbles on other jumps and moves. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Alina Zagitova," 22 Feb. 2018 Chen fell once and had bobbles on other jumps and moves. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Alina Zagitova," 22 Feb. 2018 Sister Jean got her own bobble-head doll, and a lot of love for her Loyola-Chicago basketball team. Fox News, "EPA chief Pruitt addresses criticism in Fox News interview," 5 Apr. 2018 Chen fell once and had bobbles on other jumps and moves. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Alina Zagitova," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bobble

Verb

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bobble

Verb

frequentative of bob entry 1

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bobble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move up and down quickly or repeatedly

: to handle (something, such as a ball) in a clumsy or awkward way : to fail to catch (something)

bobble

noun

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

: a mistake that occurs when a player fails to catch or handle the ball properly in baseball, football, etc.

: a small ball of fabric that is used for decoration

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