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bob1

[bob] /bɒb/
noun
1.
a short, jerky motion:
a bob of the head.
verb (used with object), bobbed, bobbing.
2.
to move quickly down and up:
to bob the head.
3.
to indicate with such a motion:
to bob a greeting.
verb (used without object), bobbed, bobbing.
4.
to make a jerky motion with the head or body.
5.
to move about with jerky, usually rising and falling motions:
The ball bobbed upon the waves.
Verb phrases
6.
bob up, to emerge or appear, especially unexpectedly:
A familiar face bobbed up in the crowd.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bobben. See bob2

bob2

[bob] /bɒb/
noun
1.
a style of short haircut for women and children.
2.
a docked horse's tail.
3.
a dangling or terminal object, as the weight on a pendulum or a plumb line.
4.
a short, simple line in a verse or song, especially a short refrain or coda.
5.
Angling.
  1. a knot of worms, rags, etc., on a string.
  2. a float for a fishing line.
6.
a bobsled or bob skate.
7.
Scot. a bunch, cluster, or wad, especially a small bouquet of flowers.
8.
Obsolete, walking beam.
verb (used with object), bobbed, bobbing.
9.
to cut short; dock:
They bobbed their hair to be in style.
verb (used without object), bobbed, bobbing.
10.
to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth:
to bob for apples.
11.
Angling. to fish with a bob.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English bobbe (noun) spray, cluster, bunch (of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc.); of uncertain origin

bob3

[bob] /bɒb/
noun
1.
a tap; light blow.
2.
a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.
verb (used with object), bobbed, bobbing.
3.
to tap; strike lightly.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English bobben to strike, beat, perhaps imitative See bop2

bob4

[bob] /bɒb/
noun, plural bob. British Informal.
1.
a shilling.
Origin
1780-90; perhaps from Bob

Bob

[bob] /bɒb/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Robert.

Feller

[fel-er] /ˈfɛl ər/
noun
1.
Robert William Andrew ("Bob"; "Bullet Bob") 1918–2010, U.S. baseball player.

Fosse

[fos-ee] /ˈfɒs i/
noun
1.
Robert Louis ("Bob") 1927–87, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and theater and film director.

Gibson

[gib-suh n] /ˈgɪb sən/
noun
1.
Althea, 1927–2003, U.S. tennis player.
2.
Charles Dana
[dey-nuh] /ˈdeɪ nə/ (Show IPA),
1867–1944, U.S. artist and illustrator.
3.
Josh(ua) 1911–47, U.S. baseball player.
4.
Robert ("Bob") born 1935, U.S. baseball pitcher.
5.
a male given name.

Kiphuth

[kip-uh th] /ˈkɪp əθ/
noun
1.
Robert J(ohn) H(erman) ("Bob") 1890–1967, U.S. swimming coach.

Marley

[mahr-lee] /ˈmɑr li/
noun
1.
Robert Nesta ("Bob") 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter: popularizer of Rastafarianism.

Mathias

[muh-thahy-uh s] /məˈθaɪ əs/
noun
1.
Robert Bruce ("Bob") born 1930, U.S. track-and-field athlete.

Beamon

[bee-muh n] /ˈbi mən/
noun
1.
Robert ("Bob") born 1946, U.S. track-and-field athlete.

Cousy

[koo-zee] /ˈku zi/
noun
1.
Robert Joseph ("Bob") born 1928, U.S. basketball player.
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British Dictionary definitions for bob

bob1

/bɒb/
verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
1.
to move or cause to move up and down repeatedly, as while floating in water
2.
to move or cause to move with a short abrupt movement, as of the head
3.
to make (a bow or curtsy): the little girl bobbed before the visitor
4.
(intransitive) usually foll by up. to appear or emerge suddenly
5.
(intransitive; foll by under, below, etc) to disappear suddenly, as beneath a surface
6.
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to attempt to get hold (of a floating or hanging object, esp an apple) in the teeth as a game
noun
7.
a short abrupt movement, as of the head
8.
a quick curtsy or bow
9.
(bell-ringing) a particular set of changes
10.
(angling)
  1. short for bobfloat
  2. the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
  3. this position on a wet-fly cast
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin

bob2

/bɒb/
noun
1.
a hairstyle for women and children in which the hair is cut short evenly all round the head
2.
a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
3.
a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc, impregnated with an abrasive material
4.
short for bob skate, bobsleigh
5.
a runner or pair of runners on a bobsled
6.
(angling) a small knot of worms, maggots, etc, used as bait
7.
a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
8.
a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
9.
a docked tail, esp of a horse
10.
(Brit, dialect) a hanging cluster, as of flowers or ribbons
verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
11.
(transitive) to cut (the hair) in a bob
12.
(transitive) to cut short (something, esp the tail of an animal); dock or crop
13.
(intransitive) to ride on a bobsled
Word Origin
C14 bobbe bunch of flowers, perhaps of Celtic origin

bob3

/bɒb/
verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
1.
to tap or cause to tap or knock lightly (against)
noun
2.
a light knock; tap
Word Origin
C13 bobben to rap, beat; see bop²

bob4

/bɒb/
noun (pl) bob
1.
(Brit) (formerly) an informal word for a shilling (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

Bob

/bɒb/
noun
1.
(slang) Bob's your uncle, everything is or will turn out all right
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from pet form of Robert

feller1

/ˈfɛlə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that fells
2.
an attachment on a sewing machine for felling seams

feller2

/ˈfɛlə/
noun
1.
a nonstandard variant of fellow

fosse

/fɒs/
noun
1.
a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin fossa; see fossa1

Gibson1

/ˈɡɪbsən/
noun
1.
(mainly US) a cocktail consisting of four or more parts dry gin and one part dry vermouth, iced and served with a pickled pearl onion

Gibson2

/ˈɡɪbsən/
noun
1.
Mel. born 1956, Australian film actor and director: his films include Mad Max (1979), Hamlet (1990), Braveheart (1996; also directed), What Women Want (2000), The Passion of the Christ (2004; director only), and Apocalypto (2006; director and co-writer)

Marley

/ˈmɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
Bob, full name Robert Nesta Marley. 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter. With his group, the Wailers, his albums included Burnin' (1973), Natty Dread (1975), Rastaman Vibration (1976), and Exodus (1977)
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Word Origin and History for bob
v.

"move with a short, jerking motion," late 14c., probably connected to Middle English bobben "to strike, beat" (late 13c.), perhaps of echoic origin. Another early sense was "to make a fool of, cheat" (early 14c.). Related: Bobbed; bobbing. The sense in bobbing for apples (or cherries) recorded by 1799.

n.

"act of bobbing," 1540s, from bob (v.1). As a slang word for "shilling" it is attested from 1789, but the signification is unknown.

"short hair," 1680s, attested 1570s in sense of "a horse's tail cut short," from earlier bobbe "cluster" (as of leaves), mid-14c., a northern word, perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Irish baban "tassel, cluster," Gaelic babag). Used over the years in various senses connected by the notion of "round, hanging mass," e.g. "weight at the end of a line" (1650s). The hair sense was revived with a shift in women's styles early 20c. (verb 1918, noun 1920). Related words include bobby pin, bobby sox, bobsled, bobcat.

fosse

n.

early 14c. (late 13c. in place names), "ditch, trench," mid-15c., from Old French fosse "ditch, grave, dungeon" (12c.), from Latin fossa "ditch," in full fossa terra, literally "dug earth," from fem. past participle of fodere "to dig" (see fossil).

The Fosse-way (early 12c.), one of the four great Roman roads of Britain, probably was so called from the ditch on either side of it.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bob

bob

Related Terms

boob job, nose job


Bob

modifier

: Bob car/ Bob clothes

noun

A Bedouin or Iraqi (1990s+ Gulf War Army)


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bob in Technology

David Betz. A tiny object-oriented language.
(ftp://ftp.mv.com/pub/ddj/packages/bob15.arc).
[Dr Dobbs J, Sep 1991, p.26].
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Related Abbreviations for bob

BOB

  1. best of breed
  2. Bolivia-boliviano
  3. Bureau of the Budget
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