Nearby words

  1. boatswain's chair,
  2. boatswain's pipe,
  3. boatwright,
  4. boatyard,
  5. boaz,
  6. bob skate,
  7. bob up,
  8. bob veal,
  9. bob wire,
  10. boba tea

Origin of bob

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

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

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

bob

4
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun, plural bob. British Informal.

a shilling.

Origin of bob

4
First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps from Bob

Bob

[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun

a male given name, form of Robert.

Kiphuth

[ kip-uh th ]
/ ˈkɪp əθ /

noun

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

Marley

[ mahr-lee ]
/ ˈmɑr li /

noun

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

Mathias

[ muh-thahy-uh s ]
/ məˈθaɪ əs /

noun

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

Beamon

[ bee-muh n ]
/ ˈbi mən /

noun

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

Cousy

[ koo-zee ]
/ ˈku zi /

noun

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

Feller

[ fel-er ]
/ ˈfɛl ər /

noun

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

Fosse

[ fos-ee ]
/ ˈfɒs i /

noun

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

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

bob

1
/ (bɒb) /

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed

noun

Word Origin for bob

C14: of uncertain origin

noun

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed

Word Origin for bob

C14 bobbe bunch of flowers, perhaps of Celtic origin

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

noun plural bob

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

Word Origin for bob

C19: of unknown origin

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

feller

1
/ (ˈfɛlə) /

noun

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

feller

2
/ (ˈfɛlə) /

noun

a nonstandard variant of fellow

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

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

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)

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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Word Origin and History for bob
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