- a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.Compare watch pocket.
- a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
- the medallion or ornament itself.
Origin of fob1
- 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 fobs
He or she, with lazy, vague, and windy legislation, fobs the lawmaking off on somebody we elect to execute laws.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
Pox take the Tailors for making the Fobs so deep and narrow!The Beggar's Opera
But so far from sleep was I, that I could hear their watches ticking in their fobs.The Shoes of Fortune
Fobs: small pockets in the waistband of trousers to receive a watch.
There were two pockets which we could not enter: these he called his fobs.
He passed on to his fobs, explored the first, returned to the second.Les Misrables
- 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 fobs
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.