dobby

[dob-ee]
noun, plural dob·bies.
  1. British Dialect. a fatuous person; fool.
  2. Textiles.
    1. an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns.
    2. Also called dobby weave.a small geometric or floral pattern produced by this attachment.
    3. a fabric having such a pattern.

Origin of dobby

1685–95; akin to dial. dovie stupid, imbecile, derivative of dove to doze, dote, Old English dofian, dobian; cognate with German toben to rage; compare Old English dobende decrepit
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dobby

noun plural -bies
  1. an attachment to a loom, used in weaving small figures

Word Origin for dobby

C17: perhaps from Dobby, pet form of Robert
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