Saturday, September 21, 2002
Definitions for hobnob
- To associate familiarly.
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Citations for hobnob
Occasionally I heard him stop in the corridor outside my door to hobnob with someone of status.
He negotiates with heads of state over athletic participation and regularly hobnobs with royalty and business barons.
Origin of hobnob
Hobnob comes from an earlier phrase, to hob or nob, meaning "to drink together, taking turns toasting one another," probably from Middle English habbe "to have" and nabbe, a contraction of ne + habbe, "to have not," hence, "to have and have not, to give and take."