dobby [dob-ee] /ˈdɒb i/ Show IPA
British Dialect. a fatuous person; fool.
an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns.
Also called dobby weave. a small geometric or floral pattern produced by this attachment.
a fabric having such a pattern.
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