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bobble

[ bob-uhl ]
/ ˈbɒb əl /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), bob·bled, bob·bling.

to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.

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Origin of bobble

1805–15; bob1 + -le; (def. 4) perhaps new formation with bob2
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British Dictionary definitions for bobble

bobble
/ (ˈbɒbəl) /

noun

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

verb

(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

C19: from bob 1 (vb)
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