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[dob-in] /ˈdɒb ɪn/
a horse, especially a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill.
Origin of dobbin
1590-1600; alteration of Robin, hypocoristic form of Robert Unabridged
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  • You'd never believe the differs it's made to that wee lad, Gebbie, that serves in dobbin's shop.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Now, dobbin, take him off, and we will settle the case in the woods.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • A sleigh was a luxury that few Bennington people owned, although Nuck might have hitched the old wood-sled to dobbin.

  • "That's all, Kennedy; don't say any more," interposed dobbin, impatiently.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • He was now all right, and dobbin felt it, and acknowledged the fact with a grateful grunt.

    Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • How many of you will it take to punish me for it, eh, dobbin?

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • dobbin, seeming to sense that all was ready, started on a trot toward the gate.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • The face of dobbin, his groom, as he brought the horses round was not conducive to cheer.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • I say gave him to me but what really occurred was that I was presented to dobbin.

British Dictionary definitions for dobbin


a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
(NZ) a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed
Word Origin
C16: from Robin, pet form of Robert
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Word Origin and History for dobbin

"farm horse," 1596 (in "Merchant of Venice"), probably from diminutive form of Dob (early 13c.), common Middle English familiar form of masc. proper name Robin or Robert; personal name applied to a horse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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