- a short, jerky motion: a bob of the head.
- to move quickly down and up: to bob the head.
- to indicate with such a motion: to bob a greeting.
- to make a jerky motion with the head or body.
- to move about with jerky, usually rising and falling motions: The ball bobbed upon the waves.
- bob up, to emerge or appear, especially unexpectedly: A familiar face bobbed up in the crowd.
Origin of bob1
- a style of short haircut for women and children.
- a docked horse's tail.
- a dangling or terminal object, as the weight on a pendulum or a plumb line.
- a short, simple line in a verse or song, especially a short refrain or coda.
- a knot of worms, rags, etc., on a string.
- a float for a fishing line.
- a bobsled or bob skate.
- Scot. a bunch, cluster, or wad, especially a small bouquet of flowers.
- Obsolete. walking beam.
- to cut short; dock: They bobbed their hair to be in style.
- to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth: to bob for apples.
- Angling. to fish with a bob.
Origin of bob2
- a tap; light blow.
- a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.
- to tap; strike lightly.
Origin of bob3
- a shilling.
Origin of bob4
- a male given name, form of Robert.
- Robert J(ohn) H(erman)Bob, 1890–1967, U.S. swimming coach.
- Robert NestaBob, 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter: popularizer of Rastafarianism.
- Robert BruceBob, 1930–2006, U.S. track-and-field athlete.
- RobertBob, born 1946, U.S. track-and-field athlete.
- Robert JosephBob, born 1928, U.S. basketball player.
- Robert William AndrewBobBullet Bob, 1918–2010, U.S. baseball player.
- Robert LouisBob, 1927–87, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and theater and film director.
- Althea,1927–2003, U.S. tennis player.
- Charles Da·na [dey-nuh] /ˈdeɪ nə/, 1867–1944, U.S. artist and illustrator.
- Josh(ua),1911–47, U.S. baseball player.
- RobertBob, born 1935, U.S. baseball pitcher.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for bob
When they get someone high profile, like the governor [Bob McDonnell] or like Teresa, they will abuse their positions.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
But the title of Best Death definitely belongs to Bob Stookey, who got bitten by a zombie then captured by cannibals.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
This performance of Bob Dylan's 1971 blues tune features Clapton on guitar.Joe Cocker's Deep Live Cuts
December 22, 2014
Interestingly, the Bob Jones University report is, itself, a kind of religious document.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
December 15, 2014
This process is performed by girls, with the aid of what is called a “bob” or “glazer.”The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
"Bob, it's damned hard to find a straight-legged dog," laughed Danby.
"I thought I'd come back and tell you," said Bob Lewis, apologetically.
Captain Bob has been a Sandy Hook pilot for some years back.
"Cap'n Bob stopped it, sir," was sure to have been the proffered reply.
- to move or cause to move up and down repeatedly, as while floating in water
- to move or cause to move with a short abrupt movement, as of the head
- to make (a bow or curtsy)the little girl bobbed before the visitor
- (intr usually foll by up) to appear or emerge suddenly
- (intr; foll by under, below, etc) to disappear suddenly, as beneath a surface
- (intr usually foll by for) to attempt to get hold (of a floating or hanging object, esp an apple) in the teeth as a game
- a short abrupt movement, as of the head
- a quick curtsy or bow
- bell-ringing a particular set of changes
- short for bobfloat
- the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
- this position on a wet-fly cast
- a hairstyle for women and children in which the hair is cut short evenly all round the head
- a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
- a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc, impregnated with an abrasive material
- short for bob skate, bobsleigh
- a runner or pair of runners on a bobsled
- angling a small knot of worms, maggots, etc, used as bait
- a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
- a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
- a docked tail, esp of a horse
- British dialect a hanging cluster, as of flowers or ribbons
- (tr) to cut (the hair) in a bob
- (tr) to cut short (something, esp the tail of an animal); dock or crop
- (intr) to ride on a bobsled
- to tap or cause to tap or knock lightly (against)
- a light knock; tap
- British (formerly) an informal word for a shilling (def. 1)
- Bob's your uncle slang everything is or will turn out all right
- a person or thing that fells
- an attachment on a sewing machine for felling seams
- a nonstandard variant of fellow
- a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification
- mainly US a cocktail consisting of four or more parts dry gin and one part dry vermouth, iced and served with a pickled pearl onion
- Mel. born 1956, Australian film actor and director: his films include Mad Max (1979), Hamlet (1990), Braveheart (1996; also directed), What Women Want (2000), The Passion of the Christ (2004; director only), and Apocalypto (2006; director and co-writer)
- Bob, full name Robert Nesta Marley. 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter. With his group, the Wailers, his albums included Burnin' (1973), Natty Dread (1975), Rastaman Vibration (1976), and Exodus (1977)
Word Origin and History for bob
"move with a short, jerking motion," late 14c., probably connected to Middle English bobben "to strike, beat" (late 13c.), perhaps of echoic origin. Another early sense was "to make a fool of, cheat" (early 14c.). Related: Bobbed; bobbing. The sense in bobbing for apples (or cherries) recorded by 1799.
"short hair," 1680s, attested 1570s in sense of "a horse's tail cut short," from earlier bobbe "cluster" (as of leaves), mid-14c., a northern word, perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Irish baban "tassel, cluster," Gaelic babag). Used over the years in various senses connected by the notion of "round, hanging mass," e.g. "weight at the end of a line" (1650s). The hair sense was revived with a shift in women's styles early 20c. (verb 1918, noun 1920). Related words include bobby pin, bobby sox, bobsled, bobcat.
"act of bobbing," 1540s, from bob (v.1). As a slang word for "shilling" it is attested from 1789, but the signification is unknown.
early 14c. (late 13c. in place names), "ditch, trench," mid-15c., from Old French fosse "ditch, grave, dungeon" (12c.), from Latin fossa "ditch," in full fossa terra, literally "dug earth," from fem. past participle of fodere "to dig" (see fossil).
The Fosse-way (early 12c.), one of the four great Roman roads of Britain, probably was so called from the ditch on either side of it.