dobbin

dobbin

[dob-in]
noun
1.
a horse, especially a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
2.
a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill.

Origin:
1590–1600; alteration of Robin, hypocoristic form of Robert

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dobbin (ˈdɒbɪn)
 
n
1.  a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
2.  (NZ) a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed
 
[C16: from Robin, pet form of Robert]

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dobbin
"farm horse," 1596 (in "Merchant of Venice"), probably from diminutive form of Dob, familiar of Robin; personal name applied to a horse.
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