[ bob-uh l ]
/ ˈbɒb əl /
a repeated, jerky movement; bob.
a momentary fumbling or juggling of a batted or thrown baseball.
an error; mistake.
a small ball of fabric usually used decoratively, as in a fringe or other trimming: a sweater with a line of bobbles up the sleeves.
verb (used with object), bob·bled, bob·bling.
to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.
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Origin of bobble
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/ (ˈbɒbəl) /
a short jerky motion, as of a cork floating on disturbed water; bobbing movement
a tufted ball, usually for ornament, as on a knitted hat
any small dangling ball or bundle
(intr) sport (of a ball) to bounce with a rapid erratic motion due to an uneven playing surface
US informal to handle (something) ineptly; muff; bunglehe bobbled the ball and lost the game
Word Origin for bobble
C19: from bob 1 (vb)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1812, frequentative of bob (v.1). The notion is "to move or handle something with continual bobbing." Related: Bobbled; bobbling. Bobble-head as a type of doll is from 1968.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper