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

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First Known Use of bobblehead

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Bobblehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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