Origin of bob

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

Definition for bobbed (2 of 3)

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 bobbed (3 of 3)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for bobbed (1 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

British Dictionary definitions for bobbed (2 of 5)

bob

1
/ (bɒb) /

verb bobs, bobbing or bobbed

noun

Word Origin for bob

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bobbed (3 of 5)

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 bobbed (4 of 5)

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 bobbed (5 of 5)

bob

4
/ (bɒb) /

noun plural bob

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

Word Origin for bob

C19: of unknown origin
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