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[nob-uh l] /ˈnɒb əl/
verb (used with object), nobbled, nobbling. British Slang.
to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race.
to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to.
to swindle; defraud.
to seize (a person); hold for arrest.
Origin of nobble
1840-50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)
Related forms
nobbler, noun Unabridged
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  • Dick told him that they had heard of that very successful mining enterprise since their arrival at nobble.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • We don't mean to lose this match, nor don't mean to let you nobble us.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I allus said any fool can be a smith but it takes a good man to nobble.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • The son did not write from Melbourne, nor from nobble,—nor from Ahalala till gold had been found.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • Here they stayed but a few hours and then went on by coach on their journey to nobble.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • Then he expressed an opinion that such a place as nobble could not be very nice for a permanent residence.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • nobble they thought was the foulest place which they had ever seen.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. Smith was then living at nobble, and Crinkett knew more about her than I did.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • If anybody had done well at nobble, Mr. Crinkett had done well.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for nobble


verb (transitive) (Brit, slang)
to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
to steal; filch
to get hold of; grab
to kidnap
Derived Forms
nobbler, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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