nobble

verb nob·ble \ ˈnä-bəl \
|Updated on: 25 May 2018

Definition of nobble

nobbled; nobbling play \ˈnä-b(ə-)liŋ\
1 British : to incapacitate (a racehorse) especially by drugging
2 slang, British
a : to win over to one's side
b : steal
c : swindle, cheat
d : to get hold of : catch

nobbler

play \ˈnä-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of nobble in a Sentence

  1. We found out later that the horse had been nobbled, which explained its poor performance.

  2. She was trying to nobble the jury.

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Origin and Etymology of nobble

perhaps irregular frequentative of nab


NOBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

nobble

Definition of nobble for English Language Learners

  • : to give a drug to (a horse) to keep it from winning a race

  • : to cause or force (someone) to do something that you want by offering money, making threats, etc.

  • : to succeed in getting or catching (something or someone)


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