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[toh-bee] /ˈtoʊ bi/
noun, plural tobies.
Also, Toby, Toby jug. a mug in the form of a stout old man wearing a three-cornered hat.
Older Slang. a long, slender, cheap cigar.
Origin of toby
First recorded in 1830-40; generic use of proper name, short for Tobias Unabridged
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  • "You have never told us about the toby jug," put in Frances.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • It seems to suggest Dickens; doesn't he somewhere mention a toby jug?

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • His heart thumped as he pulled at the bell, and unconsciously he gripped the toby jug hard with his other hand.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for toby jug

toby jug

a beer mug or jug typically in the form of a stout seated man wearing a three-cornered hat and smoking a pipe Also called toby
Word Origin
C19: from the familiar form of the Christian name Tobias


noun (pl) -bies
a water stopcock at the boundary of a street and house section
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Word Origin and History for toby jug


familiar form of masc. proper name Tobias, in various colloquial usages, e.g. "jug" (1840), "drinking mug in the form of a stout old man;" as a type of collar (1882) it refers to that worn by the dog Toby in the 19c. Punch and Judy shows. Also in Toby show (by 1942, American English) "comedy act based on the stock character of a boisterous, blundering yokel."

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