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fob

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[fob]
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noun
  1. a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.Compare watch pocket.
  2. a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
  3. the medallion or ornament itself.
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Origin of fob

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1645–55; origin uncertain; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

fob

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[fob]
verb (used with object), fobbed, fob·bing.
  1. Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
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Verb Phrases
  1. fob off,
    1. to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off (often followed by on): He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us.
    2. to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.
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Origin of fob

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1350–1400; Middle English fobben; cognate with German foppen to delude; cf. fob1

f.o.b.

or F.O.B.

Commerce.
  1. free on board: without charge to the buyer for goods placed on board a carrier at the point of shipment: automobiles shipped f.o.b. Detroit.
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Related Words for fob

fool, dandy, buck, cap, dude, hinge, popinjay, fob, exquisite

Examples from the Web for fob

Contemporary Examples of fob

Historical Examples of fob

  • Jehan replied coldly: "Here are the pebbles wherewith I pave my fob!"

  • Even a watch which had slipped from the fob of a traveller—as recorded by the naturalist.

  • I can swear I saw this fellow's companion snatch it from my fob.

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He put the watch in his fob and counted out fifteen pounds on the counter.

    Newton Forster

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • “But I tell you that it does, brother,” replied John, putting the watch into his fob.

    Newton Forster

    Captain Frederick Marryat


British Dictionary definitions for fob

fob

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noun
  1. a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
  2. any ornament hung on such a chain
  3. a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
  4. a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
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Word Origin for fob

C17: probably of Germanic origin; compare German dialect Fuppe pocket

fob

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verb fobs, fobbing or fobbed
  1. an archaic word for cheat
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Word Origin for fob

C15: probably from German foppen to trick

fob

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noun
  1. NZ slang a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
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Word Origin for fob

C20: from f (resh) o (ff) (the) b (oat)

f.o.b.

FOB

abbreviation for
  1. free on board
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Word Origin and History for fob

n.

1650s, "small pocket for valuables," probably related to Low German fobke "pocket," High German fuppe "pocket," "a dialectal word used in Livonia" [Klein]. Meaning "chain attached to a watch carried in the fob" is from 1885.

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v.

"to cheat," late 14c., from obsolete noun fobbe "cheat, trickster" (late 14c.), perhaps from Old French forbe "cheat" [OED]. Alternative etymology holds that the word is perhaps related to German foppen "to jeer at, make a fool of" (see fop); or from German fuppen, einfuppen "to pocket stealthily," which would connect it to fob (n.). To fob (someone) off is first recorded 1590s. Related: Fobbed; fobbing.

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