- a male given name, form of Robert.
- a female given name.
- a policeman.
Origin of bobby
Examples from the Web for bobbies
And for our insignificance, in turn, come the Bobbies as reward.Penguin Persons & Peppermints
Walter Prichard Eaton
At the sound of his voice the owner of elephants exclaimed: "The bobbies!"Her Ladyship's Elephant
David Dwight Wells
Mr. Robert Holt, Honora learned at breakfast, had two bobbies.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
They dont have Bobbies for burgles in these sort of places, only for rows.Chains
The bobbies told each other who I wur, an' they was always a-watching me.Her Benny
Silas Kitto Hocking
- informal a British policeman
Word Origin and History for bobbies
"London policeman," 1844, from Mr. (later Sir) Robert Peel (1788-1850), Home Secretary who introduced the Metropolitan Police Act (10 Geo IV, c.44) of 1829. Cf. peeler.