bobby pin


a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension.

Origin of bobby pin

1935–40, Americanism; perhaps Bobby (proper name), by association with bobbed hair (see bob2), in which such pins are used Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bobby pin

clasp, fastener, pin, barrette

British Dictionary definitions for bobby pin

bobby pin


US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in placeBrit terms: hairgrip, kirby grip
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Word Origin and History for bobby pin

1928, from diminutive of bob (n.2) + pin (n.).

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