nobble

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verb nob·ble \ˈnä-bəl\

Definition of nobble

nobbled

nobbling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 British :  to incapacitate (a racehorse) especially by drugging

  3. 2 slang British a :  to win over to one's side b :  steal c :  swindle, cheat d :  to get hold of :  catch

nobbler

play \-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.

Origin and Etymology of nobble

perhaps irregular frequentative of nab


First Known Use: 1847


NOBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

nobble

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verb nob·ble \ˈnä-bəl\

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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