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bobby

[bob-ee]
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noun, plural bob·bies. British Informal.
  1. a policeman.
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Origin of bobby

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

Bobby

[bob-ee]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Robert.
  2. a female given name.
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Hull

[huhl]
noun
  1. Cor·dell [kawr-del, kawr-del] /ˈkɔr dɛl, kɔrˈdɛl/, 1871–1955, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1933–44; Nobel Peace Prize 1945.
  2. Robert MarvinBobby, born 1939, Canadian ice-hockey player.
  3. William,1753–1825, U.S. general.
  4. Official name Kingston-upon-Hull. a seaport in Humberside, in E England, on the Humber River.
  5. a city in SE Canada, on the Ottawa River opposite Ottawa.
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Jones

[johnz]
noun
  1. An·son [an-suh n] /ˈæn sən/, 1798–1858, president of the Republic of Texas.
  2. Ca·sey [key-see] /ˈkeɪ si/, John Luther Jones, 1864–1900, U.S. locomotive engineer: folk hero of ballads, stories, and plays.
  3. ChuckCharles Martin Jones, 1912–2002, U.S. film animator.
  4. Daniel,1881–1967, English phonetician.
  5. Ernest,1879–1958, Welsh psychoanalyst.
  6. (Everett) Le·Roi [luh-roi, lee-roi] /ləˈrɔɪ, ˈli rɔɪ/, original name of Imamu Amiri Baraka.
  7. Henry Arthur,1851–1929, English dramatist.
  8. Howard Mum·ford [muhm-ferd] /ˈmʌm fərd/, 1892–1980, U.S. educator and critic.
  9. In·i·go [in-i-goh] /ˈɪn ɪˌgoʊ/, 1573–1652, English architect.
  10. John LutherCasey, 1864–1900, legendary U.S. locomotive engineer, raised in Cayce, Ky.
  11. John PaulJohn Paul, 1747–92, American naval commander in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland.
  12. John Win·ston [win-stuh n] /ˈwɪn stən/, 1791–1848, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1843–45.
  13. Mary HarrisMother Jones, 1830–1930, U.S. labor leader, born in Ireland.
  14. Quincy (Delight)Q, born 1933, U.S. jazz musician, film composer and producer.
  15. Robert Edmond,1887–1954, U.S. set designer.
  16. Robert Tyre [tahyuh r] /taɪər/Bobby, 1902–71, U.S. golfer.
  17. Rufus Matthew,1863–1948, U.S. Quaker, teacher, author, and humanitarian.
  18. Sir William,1746–94, English jurist, linguist, and Sanskrit scholar.
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Orr

[awr]
noun
  1. Sir John Boyd. Boyd Orr, Sir John.
  2. Robert GordonBobby, born 1948, Canadian ice-hockey player.
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Fischer

[fish-er]
noun
  1. Edwin,1886–1960, Swiss pianist.
  2. E·mil [ey-mil] /ˈeɪ mɪl/, 1852–1919, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1902.
  3. Ernst Otto,1918–2007, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1973.
  4. Hans [hahns] /hɑns/, 1881–1945, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1930.
  5. Robert JamesBobby, 1943–2008, U.S. chess player.
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Related Words for bobby

detective, cop, police, patrolman, bluecoat, policeman, officer, policewoman, flatfoot, patrolwoman

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Contemporary Examples of bobby

Historical Examples of bobby

  • When he tried the knocker, a bobby came along and stopped him.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It's a hundred years since I saw you, Bobby, and at least a million since I saw your friend.

  • There was a special reason why Bobby felt relieved to get to U.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Bobby was not looking into the glass, but into her beautiful face.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • In a quiet, unobtrusive way Bobby was rather proud of himself.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell


British Dictionary definitions for bobby

bobby

noun plural -bies
  1. informal a British policeman
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Word Origin for bobby

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

Fischer

noun
  1. Emil Hermann (ˈeːmiːl ˈhɛrman). 1852–1919, German chemist, noted particularly for his work on synthetic sugars and the purine group: Nobel prize for chemistry 1902
  2. Ernst Otto . 1918–94, German chemist: shared the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1973 with Geoffrey Wilkinson for his work on inorganic complexes
  3. Hans (hans). 1881–1945, German chemist, noted particularly for his work on chlorophyll, haemin, and the porphyrins: Nobel prize for chemistry 1930
  4. Robert James, known as Bobby . 1943–2008, US chess player; world champion 1972–75
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hull

noun
  1. the main body of a vessel, tank, flying boat, etc
  2. the shell or pod of peas or beans; the outer covering of any fruit or seed; husk
  3. the persistent calyx at the base of a strawberry, raspberry, or similar fruit
  4. the outer casing of a missile, rocket, etc
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verb
  1. to remove the hulls from (fruit or seeds)
  2. (tr) to pierce the hull of (a vessel, tank, etc)
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Derived Formshuller, nounhull-less, adjective

Word Origin for hull

Old English hulu; related to Old High German helawa, Old English helan to hide

Jones

noun
  1. Daniel. 1881–1967, British phonetician
  2. Daniel. 1912–93, Welsh composer. He wrote nine symphonies and much chamber music
  3. David. 1895–1974, British artist and writer: his literary works, which combine poetry and prose, include In Parenthesis (1937), an account of World War I, and The Anathemata (1952)
  4. Digby (Marritt). Baron. born 1956, British businessman and politician; director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06); Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08)
  5. Inigo (ˈɪnɪɡəʊ). 1573–1652, English architect and theatrical designer, who introduced Palladianism to England. His buildings include the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall. He also designed the settings for court masques, being the first to use the proscenium arch and movable scenery in England
  6. John Paul, original name John Paul. 1747–92, US naval commander, born in Scotland: noted for his part in the War of American Independence
  7. (Everett) Le Roi (ˈliːrɔɪ), Muslim name Imanu Amìri Baraka . born 1934, US Black poet, dramatist, and political figure
  8. Quincy. born 1933, US composer, arranger, conductor, record producer, and trumpeter, noted esp for his film scores and his collaborations in the recording studio with Michael Jackson
  9. Robert Tyre, known as Bobby Jones. 1902–71, US golfer: won a unique 'grand slam' in 1930 of US Open, US Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur championships
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Orr

noun
  1. Robert Gordon, known as Bobby . born 1948, Canadian ice-hockey player
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Hull

1
noun
  1. a city and port in NE England, in Kingston upon Hull unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire: fishing, food processing; two universities. Pop: 301 416 (2001). Official name: Kingston upon Hull
  2. a city in SE Canada, in SW Quebec on the River Ottawa: a centre of the timber trade and associated industries. Pop: 66 246 (2001)
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Hull

2
noun
  1. Cordell. 1871–1955, US statesman; secretary of state (1933–44). He helped to found the U.N.: Nobel peace prize 1945
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Word Origin and History for 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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hull

n.1

"seed covering," from Old English hulu "husk, pod," from Proto-Germanic *hulus "to cover" (cf. Old High German hulla, hulsa; German Hülle, Hülse, Dutch huls). Figurative use by 1831.

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hull

n.2

"body of a ship," 1550s, perhaps from hull (n.1) on fancied resemblance of ship keels to open peapods (cf. Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "shell of a nut;" Greek phaselus "light passenger ship, yacht," literally "bean pod;" French coque "hull of a ship; shell of a walnut or egg"). Alternative etymology is from Middle English hoole "ship's keel" (mid-15c.), from the same source as hold (n.).

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hull

v.

"to remove the husk of," early 15c., from hull (n.1). Related: Hulled, which can mean both "having a particular kind of hull" and "stripped of the hull."

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Jones

surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.

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bobby in Medicine

Fischer

(fĭshər)Hans 1881-1945
  1. German chemist known for his research on the components of blood. He won a 1930 Nobel Prize for his work on the synthesis of hemin.
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bobby in Science

hull

[hŭl]
  1. The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk.
  2. The enlarged calyx of a fruit, such as a strawberry, that is usually green and easily detached.
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Idioms and Phrases with bobby

Jones

see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).

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