bobby pin


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bobblehead,
  2. bobbsey twins,
  3. bobby,
  4. bobby calf,
  5. bobby dazzler,
  6. bobby socks,
  7. bobby sox,
  8. bobby-dazzler,
  9. bobbysoxer,
  10. bobcat

Origin of bobby pin

1935–40, Americanism; perhaps Bobby (proper name), by association with bobbed hair (see bob2), in which such pins are used

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British Dictionary definitions for bobby pin

bobby pin

noun

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

bobby pin

n.

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

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