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noun (1)

dialectal British
: a dull heavy person : lout


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lobbed; lobbing

transitive verb

: to let hang heavily : droop
: to throw, hit, or propel easily or in a high arc
: to direct (something, such as a question or comment) so as to elicit a response

intransitive verb

: to move slowly and heavily
: to move in an arc
: to hit a tennis ball easily in a high arc


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noun (2)

: a soft high-arching shot, throw, or kick


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combining form

variants or lobo-
: lobe

Examples of lob in a Sentence

Verb She lobbed a throw to the pitcher. The soldier lobbed a grenade into the bunker. He lobbed the ball over his opponent's head.
Recent Examples on the Web
As the model and entrepreneur made appearances on different talk shows, she was seen wearing her lob down and sleek with both an off-the-shoulder red midi dress and a white mini dress. Marci Robin, Allure, 28 Aug. 2023 One particular second-set point demonstrated that, when Gauff hit a lob that Sabalenka chased down with her back to the net and, spinning around, responded with a lob of her own for a winner. CBS News, 9 Sep. 2023 Combine the two and output jumps to a maximum of 729 horses and 700 ft lobs of twist, easily besting the 670 hp and 633 ft lbs of torque produced by its predecessor. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 Much longer than her typical lob, the actress styled her honey-blonde hair with a simple middle part. Julia Meehan, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023 Mara’s decision significantly enhances UCLA’s prospects for next season given his skill around the basket as a shot-blocker, lob threat and finisher in the pick and roll. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023 Lewin said that while building this summer roster the front office wanted to add a lob threat who could also be effective running pick-and-rolls with Davison, which is partly why Azubuike was signed. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2023 Great lob threat, rim protector and can stretch the floor. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 23 June 2023 That begs the question of what type of big man do the Suns want if not Ayton? NBA centers tend to fall under three categories — excellent on defense, but limited offensively, skilled on offense, but subpar defensively or pick-and-roll guys who are lob threats and run the floor. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023
But then, in a fortunate turn of events for Guyer, quarterback Logan McLaughlin lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kegan Stelmazewski to make it 31-21 with 3:07 left to go. Myah Taylor, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2023 The American broadcast media, with few exceptions, prefer to lob softballs instead. Brian Klaas, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2023 When one of your children lobs a little bomb like this over the fence, the challenging and more mature reaction is to see it as an opportunity to hear them out. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023 Joyce dropped in a number of unusual, spiky sounds over the track’s four-on-the-floor drumbeat and lobbed a whistling explosion that led into an instrumental break. Tom Roland, Billboard, 26 July 2023 The group included Ukrainian military and government officials, who are always in the market for explosive shells to lob at invading Russian soldiers. Justin Scheck, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 But anti-tank missiles and glide bombs lobbed by Russian aircraft, combined with dense minefields and field fortifications, have contributed to making those Ukrainian advances more time-consuming and costly. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2023 Pence took aim at Ramaswamy over his inexperience and Christie lobbed similar attacks by linking the millennial candidate to Barack Obama, while Haley targeted him over foreign policy. Fox News, 24 Aug. 2023 Some environmental groups have lobbed similar accusations at the utility industry as a whole, urging executives to reject the Edison Electric Institute’s stance. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

probably of Low German origin; akin to Low German lubbe coarse person


lob a loosely hanging object

Combining form


First Known Use

Noun (1)

1508, in the meaning defined above


1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lob was in 1508

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Cite this Entry

“Lob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lob. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
lobbed; lobbing
: to send (as a ball) in a high arc by hitting or throwing easily


2 of 2 noun
: a lobbed throw or shot (as in tennis)

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