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[yob] /yɒb/
noun, British Slang.
a teenage lout or hooligan.
Origin of yob
First recorded in 1855-60; a consciously reversed form of boy


year of birth. Unabridged
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  • Just take a look at the 'agony column' in yesterday morning's issue, and read the message to 'yob'—to Gunter, in fact.

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • Ay yust bet yu she get groggy, for her yob ban purty tough; But the bell don't "dingle dangle," it ant even making bluff.

    The Norsk Nightingale William F. Kirk
  • Bote he is dem young faller bane goin' 'round hare dees two, t'ree days, lukin' lak preacher out of a yob.

British Dictionary definitions for yob


noun (pl) yobs, yobbos
(Brit, slang) an aggressive and surly youth, esp a teenager
Word Origin
C19: perhaps back slang for boy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yob

"a youth," 1859, back-slang from boy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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