- a projection or shelf at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping food warm.
- a rounded peg or pin used as a target in quoits and similar games.
- a game in which such a peg is used.
- Machinery. a milling cutter for gear and sprocket teeth, splines, threads, etc., having helically arranged teeth and fed across the work as the work is rotated.
- Machinery. to cut with a hob.
Origin of hob1
- a hobgoblin or elf.
- play hob with, to do mischief or harm to: The child played hob with my radio, and now it won't work at all.
- raise hob, to cause a destructive commotion; behave disruptively: They raised such hob with their antagonistic questions that the meeting broke up.
Origin of hob2
Examples from the Web for hob
There was a kettle on the hob, as there had been night and day for fifteen years.Little Dorrit
Shan't I be glad when I get richer and better known, and hob and nob with him!'A Pair of Blue Eyes
The fire was burning brightly, and the kettle was singing on the hob.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
His tea was ready for him on the hob, and they all tried who should help him to it most.
The kettle will be coming soon to sing on the hob: and that will do nearly as well.Deerbrook
- British the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners
- a shelf beside an open fire, for keeping kettles, etc, hot
- a steel pattern used in forming a mould or die in cold metal
- a hard steel rotating cutting tool used in machines for cutting gears
- (tr) to cut or form with a hob
- a hobgoblin or elf
- a male ferret
- raise hob or play hob US informal to cause mischief or disturbance
Word Origin and History for hob
"side of fireplace," 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.
"clown, prankster," short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play (the) hob "make mischief" (by 1834).