lob

noun (1)
\ ˈläb How to pronounce lob (audio) \

Definition of lob

 (Entry 1 of 4)

dialectal British
: a dull heavy person : lout

lob

verb
lobbed; lobbing

Definition of lob (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1a : to move slowly and heavily
b : to move in an arc
2 : to hit a tennis ball easily in a high arc

lob

noun (2)

Definition of lob (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of lob- (Entry 4 of 4)

: lobe lobar lobotomy

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.

First Known Use of lob

Noun (1)

1508, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lob

Noun (1)

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

Verb

lob a loosely hanging object

Combining form

lobe

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“Lob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lob. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lob

lob

verb
\ ˈläb How to pronounce lob (audio) \
lobbed; lobbing

Kids Definition of lob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send (as a ball) in a high arc by hitting or throwing easily

lob

noun

Kids Definition of lob (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of throwing or hitting (as a ball) in a high arc

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