- Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
- fob off,
- to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on): He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
- to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.
Origin of fob2
Examples from the Web for fobbed
It was calm and hot, and seeing he would not be fobbed off, we started.Stories of Authors, British and American
Edwin Watts Chubb
To be fobbed out of my rent and twenty-five dollars into the bargain!Ormond, Volume II (of 3)
Charles Brockden Brown
She fobbed me off with a half-promise in the end; but I wasn't satisfied.Linda Lee, Incorporated
Louis Joseph Vance
It is not enough to secure a lodging in the attic; you must not be fobbed off with a front attic that faces the street.The Caxtons, Complete
His powers of enjoyment are not "fobbed with the rusty curb of old Father Antic, the law."In Pastures Green
- a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
- any ornament hung on such a chain
- a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
- a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
- an archaic word for cheat
- NZ slang a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
Word Origin and History for fobbed
1650s, "small pocket for valuables," probably related to Low German fobke "pocket," High German fuppe "pocket," "a dialectal word used in Livonia" [Klein]. Meaning "chain attached to a watch carried in the fob" is from 1885.
"to cheat," late 14c., from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (late 14c.), perhaps from Old French forbe "cheat" [OED]. Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to German foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from German fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily," which would connect it to fob (n.). To fob (someone) off is first recorded 1590s. Related: Fobbed; fobbing.