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

1590–1600; alteration of Robin, hypocoristic form of Robert
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  1. a name for a horse, esp a workhorse, often used in children's tales, etc
  2. NZ a trolley for moving loose wool in a woolshed or shearing shed
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Word Origin

C16: from Robin, pet form of Robert
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Word Origin and History for dobbin


"farm horse," 1596 (in "Merchant of Venice"), probably from diminutive form of Dob (early 13c.), common Middle English familiar form of masc. proper name Robin or Robert; personal name applied to a horse.

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