Definition of hobnob
1 archaic : to drink sociably
2 : to associate familiarly
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Examples of hobnob in a sentence
He loves to hobnob with celebrities.
those two have been hobnobbing together since freshman year
Did You Know?
Hob and nob first came together in print in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, when Sir Toby Belch warns Viola (who is disguised as a man) that Sir Andrew wants to duel. "Hob, nob is his word," says Sir Toby, using hob and nob to mean something like "hit or miss." Sir Toby's words are probably from the term habnab (also styled as a phrase: hab or nab), which meant "in one way or another" or "however it may turn out." After Shakespeare's day, hob and nob became established in the phrase to drink hobnob (also styled as to drink hob or nob), which meant "to drink alternately to each other." Since "drinking hobnob" was generally done among friends, hobnob came to refer to congenial social interaction.
Origin and Etymology of hobnob
from the obsolete phrase drink hobnob to drink alternately to one another
First Known Use: 1813
HOBNOB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hobnob for English Language Learners
: to spend time with someone (such as a famous or wealthy person) in a friendly way
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