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noun (1)

dialectal, England : hobgoblin, elf
: mischief, trouble
used with play and raise
always raising hob


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noun (2)

: a projection at the back or side of a fireplace on which something may be kept warm
: a cutting tool used for cutting the teeth of worm wheels or gears
British : cooktop


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hobbed; hobbing

transitive verb

: to cut with a hob
: to furnish with hobnails

Examples of hob in a Sentence

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The magnetic field will create an electric field in the bottom of the cookware, and because of resistance the pan will heat up, even though the hob does not. Kenneth McLeod, The Conversation, 23 Dec. 2020 For maximum efficiency, engineers want as much as possible of the magnetic field energy produced by each hob to be absorbed by the cookware sitting on it. Kenneth McLeod, The Conversation, 23 Dec. 2020 Be a mic hob with this Bluetooth karaoke machine. Vanessa Powell, ELLE, 14 Nov. 2022 Using a hob or an oven is an easy and obvious alternative to me, but that isn’t true for everyone. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 17 Nov. 2022 The result is a safer hob that spews fewer pollutants, uses less energy and allows food to reach higher temperatures faster than your old stove. Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Placing your hand on the hob will not heat up your hand to any noticeable extent. Kenneth McLeod, The Conversation, 23 Dec. 2020 Penetration became about as pleasurable for me as pressing my hand on a hot hob and trying to hold it there for as long as possible. Kate Lloyd, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2020 These things break the spell of the serious news for a minute, it’s pushed to the back of the hob to simmer. Raven Smith, Vogue, 9 July 2020
Hundreds of documentary filmmakers, cinematographers, producers, editors, publicist and distributors hob knob with Academy doc branch members in hopes of winning their votes. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 While his wife is at work and their seven-year-old son is at school, Davenport balances hob responsibilities with caring for and entertaining their daughter — meaning lots of breaks for cartoons, coloring books and potty training. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English hobbe, from Hobbe, nickname for Robert

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hob was in the 15th century

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“Hob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hob. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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