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hobnob

[ hob-nob ]

verb (used without object)

, hob·nobbed, hob·nob·bing.
  1. to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with ):

    She often hobnobs with royalty.

  2. Archaic. to drink together.


noun

  1. a friendly, informal chat.

hobnob

/ ˈhɒbˌnɒb /

verb

  1. to socialize or talk informally
  2. obsolete.
    to drink (with)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hobnob1

First recorded in 1825–30 in the sense “hit or miss; at random”; from the phrase hab or nab literally, “have or have not,” from Middle English habbe or nabbe, Old English habban “to have” + nabbn “not to have” (from ne “not” + habban “to have”)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hobnob1

C18: from hob or nob to drink to one another in turns, hence, to be familiar, ultimately from Old English habban to have + nabban not to have

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Example Sentences

Hobnob is another, newer option that was designed to be text-first.

You can't certainly if you hobnob with the rival candidate and call him a good fellow.

Im sure they used to hobnob and drink brandy and water together in seedy public-houses.

Jacinto Quesada had not stopped in passing to hobnob with the Gypsies.

He did not relish having to hobnob in this way with such a vulgarian as a grafting police captain.

There were even ladies in bonnets, as if they had run in neighborly to hobnob an hour with Iwakura.

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