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[dob-ee] /ˈdɒb i/
noun, plural dobbies.
British Dialect. a fatuous person; fool.
  1. an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns.
  2. Also called dobby weave. a small geometric or floral pattern produced by this attachment.
  3. a fabric having such a pattern.
Origin of dobby
1685-95; akin to dial. dovie stupid, imbecile, derivative of dove to doze, dote, Old English dofian, dobian; cognate with German toben to rage; compare Old English dobende decrepit Unabridged
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  • Heavyweight king size dobby hem cotton velour beach towel.
British Dictionary definitions for dobby


noun (pl) -bies
an attachment to a loom, used in weaving small figures
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Dobby, pet form of Robert
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