- any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having the pelvic fins united to form a suctorial disk.
- any fish of the closely related family Eleotridae, having the pelvic fins separate.
Origin of goby
1760–70; < Latin gōbius gudgeon (spelling variant of gōbiō or cōbius) < Greek kōbiós
- a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub: to give one the go-by.
Origin of go-by
First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase go by
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Examples from the Web for goby
Drag′onet, a little dragon: a genus of fishes of the goby family; Drag′on-fly, an insect with a long body and brilliant colours.
Nature seems to have made the goby in one of her most freakish moods.
In the Shat-el-Arab, which is wholly within the influence of the tides, there is a species of goby, which is amphibious.
In Goby's train was his fervent admirer and inseparable young friend, Clarence Hoby.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
He hastened into the carriage-path, following the footprints made by the trio from Goby House.The ghosts of their ancestors
Weymer Jay Mills
- any small spiny-finned fish of the family Gobiidae, of coastal or brackish waters, having a large head, an elongated tapering body, and the ventral fins modified as a sucker
- any other gobioid fish
C18: from Latin gōbius gudgeon, fish of little value, from Greek kōbios
- slang a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)
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Word Origin and History for goby
kind of fish, 1769, from Latin gobius, from Greek gobios, name of a type of small fish, of unknown origin.
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