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Saturday, September 21, 2002

Definitions for hobnob

  1. To associate familiarly.

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Citations for hobnob
Occasionally I heard him stop in the corridor outside my door to hobnob with someone of status. Edith Anderson, Love in Exile: An American Writer's Memoir of Life in Divided Berlin
He negotiates with heads of state over athletic participation and regularly hobnobs with royalty and business barons. Elizabeth Olson, The Christian Science Monitor
Origin of hobnob
1595-1605
Hobnob comes from an earlier phrase, to hob or nob, meaning "to drink together, taking turns toasting one another," probably from Middle English habbe "to have" and nabbe, a contraction of ne + habbe, "to have not," hence, "to have and have not, to give and take."