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[bob-uh-ree] /ˈbɒb ə ri/
noun, plural bobberies.
a disturbance; brawl.
Origin of bobbery
First recorded in 1810-20, bobbery is from the Hindi word bāp re O father! Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tall fellow denied it, and there was a devil of a bobbery.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Why did you want to kick up a bobbery, when everything was so nice and peaceful?

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • I'm not going to kick up a bobbery now when I'm given back my spurs.

  • I durst not ask either father or mother after the bobbery we've had.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • Skunks will often prove a great bother, as they take all kinds of bait and kick up no end of a "bobbery" when caught.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • She not like dat and make a bobbery, but I lift up my cloak and show my black face and white teeth, and den she tink me de debil.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The latter was the individual who fell, who played the copperhead in Eden, and has been kicking up such a bobbery ever since.

  • You see, he has the run of all the rows they have had there, and every bobbery that has been kicked up since the Christian era.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • This mongrel collection is known as 'the bobbery Pack,' and forms a certain adjunct to every assistant's bungalow in the district.

British Dictionary definitions for bobbery


noun (pl) -beries
Also called bobbery pack. a mixed pack of hunting dogs, often not belonging to any of the hound breeds
(informal) a noisy commotion
(informal) noisy or excitable
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi bāp re, literally: oh father!
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