- Tennis. to hit (a ball) in a high arc to the back of the opponent's court.
- to fire (a missile, as a shell) in a high trajectory so that it drops onto a target.
- Cricket. to bowl (the ball) with a slow underhand motion.
- to throw (something) slowly in an arc.
- Tennis. to lob a ball.
- Tennis. a ball hit in a high arc to the back of the opponent's court.
- Cricket. a ball bowled with a slow underhand motion.
- British Dialect. a slow, heavy, dull-witted person.
Origin of lob1
Examples from the Web for lob
Contemporary Examples of lob
Staring at a midterm catastrophe, the Democrats lob increasingly desperate charges.Democrats' Midterm Wish: The Government Shutdown That Won't Happen
September 3, 2014
The lob may have a long history, but it's also having a moment.Goodbye Pixie Cut, Hello Lob: The Haircut Taking Over Hollywood
June 16, 2014
Walters took the opportunity to lob some off-the-cuff softball questions.Barbara Walters’s Final ‘The View’: A Tearful Farewell Befitting an Icon
May 16, 2014
And, I lay low on holidays since the bad guys tend to lob rockets to help us celebrate.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
That would make the $40 million in salaries owed each year to the Lob City Duo enough to put the Clippers deep into the red.How to Rescue the Clippers From Donald Sterling’s Racist Clutches
April 29, 2014
Historical Examples of lob
"There was a lob," cried Freney, as he rubbed his hands together.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
If they lob, I will try to get out in time to volley it back.The Meadow-Brook Girls on the Tennis Courts
You will play in right field and lob them in if they come in your direction.Frank Armstrong at College
Matthew M. Colton
Remember that, with a cold in your head, you will have to say to her: 'I lob you, be darling.Her Royal Highness Woman
The lob is a most important and useful stroke and should be constantly practised.Lawn Tennis for Ladies
Mrs. Lambert Chambers
- a ball struck in a high arc
- cricket a ball bowled in a slow high arc
- to hit or kick (a ball) in a high arc
- informal to throw, esp in a high arc
Word Origin for lob
- short for lobworm
Word Origin for lob
Word Origin and History for lob
"send up in a slow, high arc," 1824 (implied in lobbing), but the word existed 16c. in various senses suggesting heavy, pendant, or floppy things, and probably is ultimately from an unrecorded Old English word; cf. East Frisian lobbe "hanging lump of flesh," Dutch lob "hanging lip, ruffle, hanging sleeve," Danish lobbes "clown, bumpkin." Related: Lobbed; lobbing. The noun in this sense is from 1875, from the verb.
a word of widespread application to lumpish things, probably in Old English. Cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German lobbe, Old Norse lubba. From late 13c. as a surname; meaning "pollack" is from early 14c.; that of "lazy lout" is from late 14c.