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"household sprite," 1811, from playful use of the proper name represented in dobbin (q.v.). In Sussex, such apparitions were called Master Dobbs.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for dobbie

Historical Examples

  • Dobbie, the engineer, succeeded well in backing into the clear.

    Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew

    Robert McReynolds

  • On Thursdays he is my gardener, on Wednesdays Mrs. Dobbie's gardener, and so on.

  • I 138 hurriedly boarded the Arequipena and started, Dobbie backing up at fast as he could.

  • This version says nothing about the treasure; but his death was foretold, and when it happened the dobbie also departed.

    The Vale of Lyvennet

    John Salkeld Bland

  • They often fancied the echo to be the voice of the dobbie answering them, and were rather shy of disturbing it after dark.

    Bracebridge Hall

    Washington Irving