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 Concord-Carlisle elected to go for the lead, but Gemelli bobbled the snap and barely made the hand-off to Corbett, who got swarmed by Tewksbury’s defense in the backfield., "“I am happy with the effort of our kids, and that is really all we can control, our effort and our toughness,” said Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward.," 10 Nov. 2019 Top 1 - Trea Turner gets on base on a hard hit ball that is bobbled by Correa. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "Houston Astros lead Washington Nationals 2-1 in Game 1: World Series live updates, score, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Oct. 2019 Receiver Ardell Brown pulled off a highlight-reel play in the fourth quarter, bobbling a pass from Zergiotis as he was dragged to the ground, then hauling in the catch. Alex Putterman,, "The good, the bad and the ugly of UConn’s 24-17 loss to Houston," 20 Oct. 2019 Both picks came on passes that were bobbled, one by receiver Ted Ginn in Week 4 against the Cowboys, the other by running back Alvin Kamara the next week against the Buccaneers. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears Sunday storylines: Taylor Gabriel’s big breakthrough, Teddy Bridgewater’s greatest strength and Leonard Floyd’s disappearance," 19 Oct. 2019 Ekman-Larsson scored 81 seconds later on a rebound after a shot by Clayton Keller bobbled across the crease. John Marshall, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Raanta stops 34 shots in Coyotes’ 5-2 win over Senators," 19 Oct. 2019 Going through private security on our post-gig flight to Valencia no one blinked as a cardboard box with an open bottle of bourbon and two Malbecs bobbled through the scanner. Charlton Pettus, New York Times, "41 Days, 26 Shows, 10 Countries: A Rock Tour Diary," 16 Oct. 2019 Jones bobbled the snap, the ball bounced back into the end zone and Miramar’s Derrick Hall recovered for 6 points. Pat Lammer,, "Dillard pulls off furious rally to stun Miramar," 31 Aug. 2019 Myers led off the fourth inning by rolling a grounder at 108.2 mph to shortstop Corey Seager’s left that Seager bobbled. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres whiff against Walker Buehler, fall to Dodgers," 3 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Taylor’s drop of an exchange on a force out and Pederson’s bobble of a relay throw on a potential double play were costly in Colorado’s two-run third. Mike Digiovanna,, "Alex Verdugo’s walk-off homer in 11th lifts Dodgers over Rockies," 22 June 2019 In today’s ecosystem of loud, eye-catching thumbnails or staged, self-aware videos a la Poppy, the production bobbles should have viewers fleeing. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet," 20 Nov. 2018 But outside of some light bobbles and false starts in Live in London, the pair’s musical and comedic chemistry is as sharp as ever. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "4 new TV shows to try, from Halloween horror to the Flight of the Conchords," 5 Oct. 2018

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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 Nov 2019

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The first known use of bobble was in 1812

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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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