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[toh-bee] /ˈtoʊ bi/
noun, plural tobies.
Also, Toby, Toby jug. a mug in the form of a stout old man wearing a three-cornered hat.
Older Slang. a long, slender, cheap cigar.
Origin of toby
1830-40; generic use of proper name, short for Tobias


[toh-bee] /ˈtoʊ bi/
noun, plural Tobies for 3.
a male given name, form of Tobias.
a female given name.
toby (def 1). Unabridged
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  • While she was waiting, she one day received a letter from toby, announcing his imminent arrival in London.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • At first toby had been too alarmed to even think of calling for help.

  • He remembered how toby had got away from him once—that he too owed him a flogging.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • The game he had with him all the time, but not so Owen, toby, and Bandy-legs.

  • "Mr. Barker is our manager," toby explained, as he edged his way to the pastor's side.

    Polly of the Circus Margaret Mayo
British Dictionary definitions for toby


noun (pl) -bies
a water stopcock at the boundary of a street and house section
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Word Origin and History for toby


familiar form of masc. proper name Tobias, in various colloquial usages, e.g. "jug" (1840), "drinking mug in the form of a stout old man;" as a type of collar (1882) it refers to that worn by the dog Toby in the 19c. Punch and Judy shows. Also in Toby show (by 1942, American English) "comedy act based on the stock character of a boisterous, blundering yokel."

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