\ ˈhäb How to pronounce hob (audio) \

Definition of hob

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 dialectal, England : hobgoblin, elf
2 : mischief, trouble used with play and raisealways raising hob

Definition of hob (Entry 2 of 3)

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


hobbed; hobbing

Definition of hob (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cut with a hob
2 : to furnish with hobnails

First Known Use of hob

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

History and Etymology for hob

Noun (1)

Middle English hobbe, from Hobbe, nickname for Robert

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Hob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hob. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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