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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Bear and I would have got up Dobby for his special edification.'

    The Pillars of the House, Vol. II (of 2)

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Ought to have seen Gran when he staggered in here an hour ago, Dobby.

    A Little Book of Christmas

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • "You've got some bundle there, Dobby," said Grantham, as Dobbleigh relieved himself of his burden of packages.

    A Little Book of Christmas

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • It was past noon when they reached the ship, where they were warmly welcomed by Captain Dobby.

    The Stronghold

    Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for dobby


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

C17: perhaps from Dobby, pet form of Robert
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