Bobbie

[ bob-ee ]
/ ˈbɒb i /
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noun

a male given name, form of Robert.
a female given name.

bobby

[ bob-ee ]
/ ˈbɒb i /

noun, plural bob·bies. British Informal.

a policeman.

Origin of bobby

1835–45; special use of Bobby, for Sir Robert Peel, who set up the Metropolitan Police system of London in 1828

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bobby

/ (ˈbɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

informal a British policeman

Word Origin for bobby

C19: from Bobby after Sir Robert Peel, who, as Home Secretary, set up the Metropolitan Police Force in 1828

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Word Origin and History for bobbies

bobby

n.

"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.

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