Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 20, 2012
1. A short chain, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, worn hanging from a pocket.
2. A small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.
1. To cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior.
2. To put (someone) off by deception or trickery.
Out of the right fob hung a great silver chain, with a wonderful kind of engine at the bottom.
-- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
The father had bought the bridegroom a fob watch as a gift.
-- Sholem Aleichem, Aliza Shevrin, Tevye the Dairyman: And, Motl the Cantor's Son
Fob most likely derives from the Germanic fopke, "pocket."