[ hob ]
/ hɒb /


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.

verb (used with or without object), hobbed, hob·bing.

Machinery. to cut with a hob.

Origin of hob

1505–15; variant of obsolete hub hob (in a fireplace); perhaps identical with hub

Related forms

hob·ber, noun
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Examples from the Web for hobbing

  • Every pitch requires a different tool, and the cutting end is given the curved form by milling or hobbing.

    Turning and Boring|Franklin D. Jones
  • And it's all very well for Larry Twentyman to be hobbing and nobbing with the likes of them Botseys.

    The American Senator|Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for hobbing (1 of 2)


/ (hɒb) /


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

verb hobs, hobbing or hobbed

(tr) to cut or form with a hob

Word Origin for hob

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

British Dictionary definitions for hobbing (2 of 2)


/ (hɒb) /


a hobgoblin or elf
a male ferret
raise hob or play hob US informal to cause mischief or disturbance

Derived Forms

hoblike, adjective

Word Origin for hob

C14: variant of Rob, short for Robin or Robert
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