verb (used without object), hob·nobbed, hob·nob·bing.
- hobnail cell,
- hobnail liver,
- hobson's choice
Origin of hobnob
Examples from the Web for hobnob
And now I am going to shake hands and hobnob with the elite—beautiful word!The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
Hobnob, hob′nob, adv. have or not have, a familiar invitation to drink.
Again I am struck by the familiar way in which the Russians hobnob with the Mongols.A Wayfarer in China|Elizabeth Kendall
You can't certainly if you hobnob with the rival candidate and call him a good fellow.The Opinions of a Philosopher|Robert Grant
It means you'll have to hobnob with Eurasian clerks and their wives.East of Suez|William Somerset Maugham
verb -nobs, -nobbing or -nobbed (intr often foll by with)
Word Origin for hobnob
1763, "to drink to each other," from hob and nob (1756) "to toast each other by turns, to buy alternate rounds of drinks," from c.1550 hab nab "to have or have not, hit or miss," probably ultimately from Old English habban, nabban "have, not have," with the negative particle ne- attached, as was customary. Modern sense of "socialize" is 1866. Related: Hobnobbed; hobnobbing.