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Origin of bob

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

Other definitions for bob (2 of 5)

bob2
[ 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
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bobbe (noun) “spray, cluster, bunch (of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc.)”; of uncertain origin

Other definitions for bob (3 of 5)

bob3
[ 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
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English bobben “to strike, beat,” perhaps imitative; see bop2

Other definitions for bob (4 of 5)

bob4
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun, plural bob.British Informal.
a shilling.

Origin of bob

4
First recorded in 1780–90; origin unknown; perhaps from Bob

Other definitions for bob (5 of 5)

Bob
[ bob ]
/ bɒb /

noun
a male given name, form of Robert.
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British Dictionary definitions for bob (1 of 5)

bob1
/ (bɒb) /

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed
noun

Word Origin for bob

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bob (2 of 5)

bob2
/ (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 5)

bob3
/ (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 5)

bob4
/ (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 5)

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
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