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

By the numbers: 8, points scored by Jackson-Olin off bobbled snaps by Minor. ... 4, turnovers in the game with six total fumbles. Evan Dudley, al, "Minor 20, Jackson-Olin 8: Tenacious Tigers earn 1st win," 5 Sep. 2019 Simmons bobbled the ball for one error, then hurriedly and wildly flipped the ball past third baseman David Fletcher (covering second) for another error, allowing Semien to race to third. Ron Kroichick,, "A’s bullpen redeems itself, Matt Chapman launches homer in 7-5 win," 3 Sep. 2019 Then on third down, Trubisky’s pass was again off the mark, and Tarik Cohen bobbled and dropped it. Dan Wiederer,, "4 things we learned about the Bears on Monday at Halas Hall, including updates on Trey Burton’s and Bilal Nichols’ health," 16 Sep. 2019 Texas’ quarterback threw his hands to his helmet, shocked that wide-open tailback Keaontay Ingram had bobbled and dropped a pass in the end zone. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns notebook: Texas expects RB Ingram to bounce back," 9 Sep. 2019 Floyd bobbled the ball and got only the force out at second. Chris Kaltenbach,, "The Orioles’ Jim Palmer pitched a no-hitter 50 years ago, and he wasn’t about to let Reggie Jackson ruin it," 16 Aug. 2019 This game had its share of sloppiness from the Tigers (32-75), beginning in the first inning, when Harold Castro — playing center field — bobbled a ball and missed a cut-off man. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers observations: Sloppy play contributes to another late loss, sweep," 4 Aug. 2019 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

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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