Origin of bob

1
First recorded in 1400–50, bob is from the late Middle English word bobben. See bob2

Definition for bob (2 of 13)

bob

2
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun


verb (used with object), bobbed, bob·bing.

to cut short; dock: They bobbed their hair to be in style.

verb (used without object), bobbed, bob·bing.

to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth: to bob for apples.
Angling. to fish with a bob.

Origin of bob

2
1300–50; Middle English bobbe (noun) spray, cluster, bunch (of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc.); of uncertain origin

Definition for bob (3 of 13)

bob

3
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun

a tap; light blow.
a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.

verb (used with object), bobbed, bob·bing.

to tap; strike lightly.

Origin of bob

3
1350–1400; Middle English bobben to strike, beat, perhaps imitative See bop2

Definition for bob (4 of 13)

bob

4
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun, plural bob. British Informal.

a shilling.

Origin of bob

4
First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps from Bob

Definition for bob (5 of 13)

Bob

[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun

a male given name, form of Robert.

Definition for bob (6 of 13)

Kiphuth

[ kip-uh th ]
/ ˈkɪp əθ /

noun

Robert J(ohn) H(erman)Bob, 1890–1967, U.S. swimming coach.

Definition for bob (7 of 13)

Marley

[ mahr-lee ]
/ ˈmɑr li /

noun

Robert NestaBob, 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter: popularizer of Rastafarianism.

Definition for bob (8 of 13)

Mathias

[ muh-thahy-uh s ]
/ məˈθaɪ əs /

noun

Robert BruceBob, 1930–2006, U.S. track-and-field athlete.

Definition for bob (9 of 13)

Beamon

[ bee-muh n ]
/ ˈbi mən /

noun

RobertBob, born 1946, U.S. track-and-field athlete.

Definition for bob (10 of 13)

Cousy

[ koo-zee ]
/ ˈku zi /

noun

Robert JosephBob, born 1928, U.S. basketball player.

Definition for bob (11 of 13)

Feller

[ fel-er ]
/ ˈfɛl ər /

noun

Robert William AndrewBobBullet Bob, 1918–2010, U.S. baseball player.

Definition for bob (12 of 13)

Fosse

[ fos-ee ]
/ ˈfɒs i /

noun

Robert LouisBob, 1927–87, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and theater and film director.

Definition for bob (13 of 13)

Gibson

2
[ gib-suh n ]
/ ˈgɪb sən /

noun

Althea,1927–2003, U.S. tennis player.
Charles Da·na [dey-nuh] /ˈdeɪ nə/, 1867–1944, U.S. artist and illustrator.
Josh(ua),1911–47, U.S. baseball player.
RobertBob, born 1935, U.S. baseball pitcher.
a male given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for bob (1 of 11)

bob

1
/ (bɒb) /

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed


noun

Word Origin for bob

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bob (2 of 11)

bob

2
/ (bɒb) /

noun


verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed

Word Origin for bob

C14 bobbe bunch of flowers, perhaps of Celtic origin

British Dictionary definitions for bob (3 of 11)

bob

3
/ (bɒb) /

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed

to tap or cause to tap or knock lightly (against)

noun

a light knock; tap

Word Origin for bob

C13 bobben to rap, beat; see bop ²

British Dictionary definitions for bob (4 of 11)

bob

4
/ (bɒb) /

noun plural bob

British (formerly) an informal word for a shilling (def. 1)

Word Origin for bob

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for bob (5 of 11)

Bob

/ (bɒb) /

noun

Bob's your uncle slang everything is or will turn out all right

Word Origin for Bob

C19: perhaps from pet form of Robert

British Dictionary definitions for bob (6 of 11)

feller

1
/ (ˈfɛlə) /

noun

a person or thing that fells
an attachment on a sewing machine for felling seams

British Dictionary definitions for bob (7 of 11)

feller

2
/ (ˈfɛlə) /

noun

a nonstandard variant of fellow

British Dictionary definitions for bob (8 of 11)

fosse

foss

/ (fɒs) /

noun

a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification

Word Origin for fosse

C14: from Old French, from Latin fossa; see fossa 1

British Dictionary definitions for bob (9 of 11)

Gibson

1
/ (ˈɡɪbsən) /

noun

mainly US a cocktail consisting of four or more parts dry gin and one part dry vermouth, iced and served with a pickled pearl onion

British Dictionary definitions for bob (10 of 11)

Gibson

2
/ (ˈɡɪbsən) /

noun

Mel. born 1956, Australian film actor and director: his films include Mad Max (1979), Hamlet (1990), Braveheart (1996; also directed), What Women Want (2000), The Passion of the Christ (2004; director only), and Apocalypto (2006; director and co-writer)

British Dictionary definitions for bob (11 of 11)

Marley

/ (ˈmɑːlɪ) /

noun

Bob, full name Robert Nesta Marley. 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter. With his group, the Wailers, his albums included Burnin' (1973), Natty Dread (1975), Rastaman Vibration (1976), and Exodus (1977)

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