- a small pocket just below the waistline in trousers for a watch, keys, change, etc.Compare watch pocket.
- a short chain or ribbon, usually with a medallion or similar ornament, attached to a watch and worn hanging from a pocket.
- the medallion or ornament itself.
Origin of fob1
- Archaic. to cheat; deceive.
- fob off,
- 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.
- to put (someone) off by deception or trickery: She fobbed us off with false promises.
Origin of fob2
- 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.
Examples from the Web for fob
On the valley floor outside the windows of the house are the remnants of FOB Michigan, turned over to the Afghan Army in 2011.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The entire remaining Iraqi Army force remained holed up at FOB Speicher, north of Tikrit.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
Jan continued to come and go as he pleased at FOB Delhi, free to carry weapons and to consort with his “tea boys.”Why Was Firefighter-Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler Betrayed?
November 19, 2013
Goolsbee is an FOB from Chicago; Summers is a Clintonite who parachuted in after Obama won the nomination.After Summers, More Brawling
September 22, 2010
Jehan replied coldly: "Here are the pebbles wherewith I pave my fob!"Notre-Dame de Paris
Even a watch which had slipped from the fob of a traveller—as recorded by the naturalist.Gaspar the Gaucho
I can swear I saw this fellow's companion snatch it from my fob.Paul Clifford, Complete
He put the watch in his fob and counted out fifteen pounds on the counter.
“But I tell you that it does, brother,” replied John, putting the watch into his fob.
- a chain or ribbon by which a pocket watch is attached to a waistcoat
- any ornament hung on such a chain
- a small pocket in a man's waistcoat, for holding a watch
- a metal or plastic tab on a key ring
- an archaic word for cheat
- NZ slang a Pacific Islander who has newly arrived in New Zealand
- free on board
Word Origin and History for fob
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.
"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.