bobby pin


Definition of bobby pin

: a flat wire hairpin with prongs that press close together

Examples of bobby pin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use bobby pin to secure strands flat against the head. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "3 Easy New Year’s Eve Hairstyles For Curly Hair," 27 Dec. 2019 Step 3: Use bobby pins to secure any longer strands that may be falling out. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "3 Easy New Year’s Eve Hairstyles For Curly Hair," 27 Dec. 2019 But don't break out the bobby pins and hair spray just yet. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Middle-Parted “Prom” Updos Are the Most Unexpected Hair Trend of the Season," 25 Oct. 2019 Anthony’s stylist bedazzled the plait in sparkly Kitsch bobby pins, proving that hair jewelry can liven up any look. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "La La Anthony Came Through Dripping In A Glam Fishtail Braid," 17 Oct. 2019 Secure with a bobby pin overnight, and gently release each in the morning for big and bouncy ringlets. Glamour, "How to Keep Curls Overnight Without Losing Their Shape," 14 May 2019 Remove the filter and pull out any hair or extra items (coins, bobby pins) that have collected in it and clean it under hot water with the toothbrush. Country Living, "How to Clean a Washing Machine the Right Way," 22 Nov. 2019 During the walk through, numerous contraband items were observed by the inspector including bobby pins, pills, razor blades, tattoo gun, water weights, pornographic photos, and a homemade sterno flame. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Commissioners question private contractor after suicide, escapes at Liberty County jail," 25 Sep. 2019 At another appearance at the festival, her rosy pink hair was slicked-back and accessorized with bobby pins. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart's Hair Is Pastel Pink Now and She Looks Stunning," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bobby pin

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bobby pin

perhaps from bob entry 4

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The first known use of bobby pin was in 1925

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29 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bobby pin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bobby pin

US : a thin piece of metal that is bent so that the ends are close together and that is used for holding hair in place

bobby pin

bob·​by pin | \ ˈbä-bē- \

Kids Definition of bobby pin

: a flat metal hairpin with the two ends pressed close together

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