- 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.
- to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.
Origin of bobble
Related Words for bobblebotch, flub, confuse, muddle, spoil, bungle, bumble, err, flounder, miscalculate, misjudge, mismanage, muff, fumble, mishandle, bobble, stumble, reel, hesitate, waver
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Historical Examples of bobble
There was a family at Bobble Hill all killed last week for fifty dollars.The Wit of Women
When I seek to do what I supremely consider to be for the best I make a bobble.Frank Merriwell's Triumph
Burt L. Standish
He could distinguish that there was something; and that the something seemed to bobble.The Homesteader
This, like all other counter-currents—wave or otherwise—tossed up a bobble of dispute when the two clashed.A List To Starboard
F. Hopkinson Smith
She jess reads right straight along from cover to cover without a bobble.Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches
Joel Chandler Harris
- 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
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.