dob·​by ˈdä-bē How to pronounce dobby (audio)
plural dobbies
: a loom attachment for weaving small figures
: a fabric or figured weave made with a dobby

Examples of dobby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fabric can be used in any woven construction, including ripstop, basket, and dobby varieties. Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2022 The dobby fabric is rendered in a lightweight blend of linen, wool, and cotton and was exclusively developed for Purple Label. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 10 May 2021 From their fluffy 700 GSM weight to the ribbed dobby, every facet of these towels is designed with intention. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 9 June 2020

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Word History


perhaps from Dobby, nickname for Robert

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dobby was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Dobby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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