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


The catcher bobbled the ball. the first baseman bobbled the catch, so the runner was safe


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

When Pearce bobbled in Turn 4 of the 16th lap, Wagner made contact. Antioch Speedway, The Mercury News, "DeMartini is victorious in Winged 360 main event," 21 Aug. 2019 Derrick Willies made a bobbling touchdown catch during redzone, not too dissimilar from the bobbling catch Odell Beckham made on Monday. Dan Labbe,, "Browns training camp offensive report: Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi makes plays as battle for last receiver spots heats up," 26 July 2019 Freshman Emmah Young delivered a two-out single and when Sanders, the Male center fielder, bobbled the ball, courtesy runner O’Brien Wilson raced home to give the No. 2 Raiders (36-3) a 1-0 lead. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Male softball beats Warren East in state final, capping perfect 39-0 season," 15 June 2019 Teammates Pete Banaszak and Dave Casper also advanced the ball while bobbling it, with Casper falling on it in the end zone for the winning touchdown. Simmi Buttar,, "The NFL has had great nicknames in its history. Here are some of the best.," 14 June 2019 Cobb bobbled the ball but ultimately snagged it with one hand. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Randall Cobb builds chemistry with Dak Prescott as WR settles in with Cowboys," 6 June 2019 With the bases loaded, Devers hit a routine chopper back to reliever Buck Farmer, who bobbled the ball and delivered an errant throw. Julian Mcwilliams,, "The hits, runs keep coming as the Red Sox hang on to top Tigers," 7 July 2019 O’Neill followed with a single to right field that Reyes overran and bobbled just as Goldschmidt was being held at third. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardinals deny Padres sweep," 1 July 2019 Fregia doubled with one out and came around to score with two outs when Jaylen Ferguson’s grounder wide of first was bobbled and then thrown away. Randy Mcroberts,, "IronBirds slip to 5-7 with 10-inning loss," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 Dayesi Torriente and Sterling Baca were all things regal and strong (despite one rather large bobble in Torriente’s turns). Ellen Dunkel,, "Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Jewels' shines at the Academy of Music," 11 May 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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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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