dobby

[ dob-ee ]
/ ˈdɒb i /
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noun, plural dob·bies.

British Dialect. a fatuous person; fool.
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.

Nearby words

  1. dobber,
  2. dobber-in,
  3. dobbie,
  4. dobbin,
  5. dobbs ferry,
  6. dobby loom,
  7. dobbyn,
  8. dobe,
  9. dobell,
  10. dobell's solution

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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British Dictionary definitions for dobby

dobby

/ (ˈdɒbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

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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