- a horse, especially a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
- a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill.
Origin of dobbin
Examples from the Web for dobbin
This sort of sustained engagement can short-circuit racially triggered instances of the confirmation bias, wrote Dobbin.Office Parties Are Bad for Business
December 19, 2013
The horses can't get up here any more than old Dobbin could.The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour
George A. Warren
"That's all, Kennedy; don't say any more," interposed Dobbin, impatiently.
How many of you will it take to punish me for it, eh, Dobbin?
Now, Dobbin, take him off, and we will settle the case in the woods.
Like Dobbin and Robin, it belongs to the numerous progeny of Robert.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
- NZ a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed
Word Origin and History for dobbin
"farm horse," 1596 (in "Merchant of Venice"), probably from diminutive form of Dob (early 13c.), common Middle English familiar form of masc. proper name Robin or Robert; personal name applied to a horse.