- a short, jerky motion: a bob of the head.
- to move quickly down and up: to bob the head.
- to indicate with such a motion: to bob a greeting.
- to make a jerky motion with the head or body.
- to move about with jerky, usually rising and falling motions: The ball bobbed upon the waves.
- bob up, to emerge or appear, especially unexpectedly: A familiar face bobbed up in the crowd.
Origin of bob1
- a style of short haircut for women and children.
- a docked horse's tail.
- a dangling or terminal object, as the weight on a pendulum or a plumb line.
- a short, simple line in a verse or song, especially a short refrain or coda.
- a knot of worms, rags, etc., on a string.
- a float for a fishing line.
- a bobsled or bob skate.
- Scot. a bunch, cluster, or wad, especially a small bouquet of flowers.
- Obsolete. walking beam.
- to cut short; dock: They bobbed their hair to be in style.
- to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth: to bob for apples.
- Angling. to fish with a bob.
Origin of bob2
- a tap; light blow.
- a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.
- to tap; strike lightly.
Origin of bob3
Examples from the Web for bobbed
And I had the blonde, bobbed hair with like really high bangs that went super high.‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'
March 27, 2014
Behind them bobbed the smaller ships; in the third line were merchant boats and the royal galleys.The Day the Sea Ran Red: The Battle of Sluys
May 6, 2013
At the defense table, Jerry Sandusky smiled broadly and bobbed his head up and down at the memory.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Three: The Defense Gets Steamrolled
June 14, 2012
Pretty much all the research I did for playing an Anna Wintour type was, I went shopping for a bobbed wig.Miss Piggy Dishes on Muppets Movie, Kermit, Ernie and Bert Rumors
November 22, 2011
Her hair is relaxed and bobbed; she has short bangs, which make her round face appear even rounder.The Oprah School on Trial
Gretchen L. Wilson
October 27, 2008
They bobbed and waved like green fireflies as the Mole-men came on at a half-run.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
“Raised in our own garden hinein,” bobbed Minna, in ecstasy.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Up he bobbed on the higher point of rock just beyond the boat.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
There was a tremble in her voice as she slipped from the davenport and bobbed a curtsy.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
Ewell looked at him with his bright round eyes, bobbed his head and swore.The Long Roll
- Bob's your uncle slang everything is or will turn out all right
- to move or cause to move up and down repeatedly, as while floating in water
- to move or cause to move with a short abrupt movement, as of the head
- to make (a bow or curtsy)the little girl bobbed before the visitor
- (intr usually foll by up) to appear or emerge suddenly
- (intr; foll by under, below, etc) to disappear suddenly, as beneath a surface
- (intr usually foll by for) to attempt to get hold (of a floating or hanging object, esp an apple) in the teeth as a game
- a short abrupt movement, as of the head
- a quick curtsy or bow
- bell-ringing a particular set of changes
- short for bobfloat
- the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
- this position on a wet-fly cast
- a hairstyle for women and children in which the hair is cut short evenly all round the head
- a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
- a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc, impregnated with an abrasive material
- short for bob skate, bobsleigh
- a runner or pair of runners on a bobsled
- angling a small knot of worms, maggots, etc, used as bait
- a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
- a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
- a docked tail, esp of a horse
- British dialect a hanging cluster, as of flowers or ribbons
- (tr) to cut (the hair) in a bob
- (tr) to cut short (something, esp the tail of an animal); dock or crop
- (intr) to ride on a bobsled
- to tap or cause to tap or knock lightly (against)
- a light knock; tap
- British (formerly) an informal word for a shilling (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for bobbed
"move with a short, jerking motion," late 14c., probably connected to Middle English bobben "to strike, beat" (late 13c.), perhaps of echoic origin. Another early sense was "to make a fool of, cheat" (early 14c.). Related: Bobbed; bobbing. The sense in bobbing for apples (or cherries) recorded by 1799.
"short hair," 1680s, attested 1570s in sense of "a horse's tail cut short," from earlier bobbe "cluster" (as of leaves), mid-14c., a northern word, perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Irish baban "tassel, cluster," Gaelic babag). Used over the years in various senses connected by the notion of "round, hanging mass," e.g. "weight at the end of a line" (1650s). The hair sense was revived with a shift in women's styles early 20c. (verb 1918, noun 1920). Related words include bobby pin, bobby sox, bobsled, bobcat.
"act of bobbing," 1540s, from bob (v.1). As a slang word for "shilling" it is attested from 1789, but the signification is unknown.