bobby pin


: a flat wire hairpin with prongs that press close together

Examples of bobby pin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bobby pins could symbolize O’Neill’s role in 2023: to serve in an unfussy way. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, 26 Jan. 2024 On pristine bathroom vanities, little jars fill with cotton rounds and bobby pins and hair elastics. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2024 Headbands, bobby pins, and barrettes are your friends. Kristi Pahr, Parents, 6 Dec. 2023 There are also two accessories, an oversized gold bobby pin and a functional gold comb, which come in a matching cool-gold finish. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2023 The Eras Tour Premiere Taylor Grab the bobby pins and the red lipstick to dress as Taylor Swift at The Eras Tour movie premiere. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2023 Her veil was embroidered with three hearts and the words 'sempre insieme,' which mean 'always together' in Italian. 04 Love to Love You Teresa's wedding glam included day-to-night makeup looks, plus a headline-grabbing hairstyle that included $7,000 worth of extensions and 1,500 bobby pins. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2023 Secure one sock at the top of your head with a claw clip or bobby pins. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 Secure with an extra hair elastic at the base or bobby pins, if needed. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


perhaps from bob entry 4

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobby pin was in 1925

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“Bobby pin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bobby pin

bob·​by pin
: a flat metal clip with flexible closed tips for holding the hair in place

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