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lob1

[lob] /lɒb/
verb (used with object), lobbed, lobbing.
1.
Tennis. to hit (a ball) in a high arc to the back of the opponent's court.
2.
to fire (a missile, as a shell) in a high trajectory so that it drops onto a target.
3.
Cricket. to bowl (the ball) with a slow underhand motion.
4.
to throw (something) slowly in an arc.
verb (used without object), lobbed, lobbing.
5.
Tennis. to lob a ball.
noun
6.
Tennis. a ball hit in a high arc to the back of the opponent's court.
7.
Cricket. a ball bowled with a slow underhand motion.
8.
British Dialect. a slow, heavy, dull-witted person.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; in earlier sense, to behave like a lob (Middle English lobbe, lob bumpkin, clumsy person, orig. pollack; Old English: spider; basic sense, something pendulous); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch lobbe dangling part, stockfish, etc.
Related forms
lobber, noun

lob2

[lob] /lɒb/
noun
1.
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Examples for lob
  • If lob is a conversational game, slam is a cutthroat one.
  • The cup setup for slam tends to exhibit far less variation than for lob.
British Dictionary definitions for lob

lob1

/lɒb/
noun
1.
a ball struck in a high arc
2.
(cricket) a ball bowled in a slow high arc
verb lobs, lobbing, lobbed
3.
to hit or kick (a ball) in a high arc
4.
(informal) to throw, esp in a high arc
Word Origin
C14: probably of Low German origin, originally in the sense: something dangling; compare Middle Low German lobbe hanging lower lip, Old English loppe spider

lob2

/lɒb/
noun
1.
short for lobworm
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: pendulous object): related to lob1
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Word Origin and History for lob
lob
"send up in a slow, high arc," 1824 (implied in lobbing), but the word existed 16c. in various senses suggesting "heavy, pendant, or floppy things," and is probably ult. from an unrecorded O.E. word; cf. E.Fris. lobbe "hanging lump of flesh," Du. lob "hanging lip, ruffle, hanging sleeve," Dan. lobbes "clown, bumpkin."
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