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[bob-uh l]
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  1. a repeated, jerky movement; bob.
  2. a momentary fumbling or juggling of a batted or thrown baseball.
  3. an error; mistake.
  4. a small ball of fabric usually used decoratively, as in a fringe or other trimming: a sweater with a line of bobbles up the sleeves.
verb (used with object), bob·bled, bob·bling.
  1. to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.

Origin of bobble

1805–15; bob1 + -le; (def 4) perhaps new formation with bob2
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British Dictionary definitions for bob-bling


  1. a short jerky motion, as of a cork floating on disturbed water; bobbing movement
  2. a tufted ball, usually for ornament, as on a knitted hat
  3. any small dangling ball or bundle
  1. (intr) sport (of a ball) to bounce with a rapid erratic motion due to an uneven playing surface
  2. US informal to handle (something) ineptly; muff; bunglehe bobbled the ball and lost the game

Word Origin

C19: from bob 1 (vb)
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Word Origin and History for bob-bling



1812, frequentative of bob (v.1). The notion is "to move or handle something with continual bobbing." Related: Bobbled; bobbling. Bobble-head as a type of doll is from 1968.

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