or tob, thaub

[ tohb ]
See synonyms for: tobes on

  1. the principal outer garment in some parts of north and central Africa, consisting of a length of cloth that is sewn into a long loose skirt or is draped around the body and fastened over one shoulder.

Origin of tobe

1825–35; <dialectal Arabic tōb, variant of Arabic thawb garment

Other definitions for to-be (2 of 2)

[ tuh-bee ]

  1. future; soon to be the thing specified (usually used in combination): bride-to-be.

Origin of to-be

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tobe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for -to-be


  1. (in combination) about to be; future: a mother-to-be; the bride-to-be

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