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  1. a projection or shelf at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping food warm.
  2. a rounded peg or pin used as a target in quoits and similar games.
  3. a game in which such a peg is used.
  4. 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.
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verb (used with or without object), hobbed, hob·bing.
  1. Machinery. to cut with a hob.
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Origin of hob1

1505–15; variant of obsolete hub hob (in a fireplace); perhaps identical with hub
Related formshob·ber, noun
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Examples from the Web for hobbed

Historical Examples

  • I have hobbed and nobbed with my friends in most of their rat-traps, and know the geography of them.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for hobbed


  1. British the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners
  2. a shelf beside an open fire, for keeping kettles, etc, hot
  3. a steel pattern used in forming a mould or die in cold metal
  4. a hard steel rotating cutting tool used in machines for cutting gears
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verb hobs, hobbing or hobbed
  1. (tr) to cut or form with a hob
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Word Origin

C16: variant of obsolete hubbe, of unknown origin; perhaps related to hub


  1. a hobgoblin or elf
  2. a male ferret
  3. raise hob or play hob US informal to cause mischief or disturbance
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Derived Formshoblike, adjective

Word Origin

C14: variant of Rob, short for Robin or Robert
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Word Origin and History for hobbed



"side of fireplace," 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.

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"clown, prankster," short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play (the) hob "make mischief" (by 1834).

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