bob·​ble·​head | \ ˈbä-bəl-ˌhed How to pronounce bobblehead (audio) \
variants: or bobblehead doll
plural bobbleheads or bobblehead dolls

Definition of bobblehead

: a doll having a head that makes repeated bobbing movements when touched or moved Her desk is covered in bobbleheads and tchotchkes.— Lauren Collins, New Yorker, 22 June 2009 There are lobster T-shirts and lobster bobblehead dolls and inflatable lobster pool toys and clamp-on lobster hats with big scarlet claws that wobble on springs.— David Foster Wallace, Gourmet, August 2004 During five home games this season the team gave away bobblehead dolls of its 2005–06 starters. …— Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 21 Feb. 2011

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of bobblehead

1963, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best wooden toys.

Learn More About bobblehead

Time Traveler for bobblehead

Time Traveler

The first known use of bobblehead was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near bobblehead



bobblehead doll

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bobblehead

Cite this Entry

“Bobblehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!