[ dob-in ]
/ ˈdɒb ɪn /


a horse, especially a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use.
a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill.

Origin of dobbin

1590–1600; alteration of Robin, hypocoristic form of Robert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dobbin


/ (ˈdɒbɪn) /


a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
NZ a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed

Word Origin for dobbin

C16: from Robin, pet form of Robert
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