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

Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobblehead was in 1963

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“Bobblehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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