- 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 lobbed
Inane and disturbing hashtags have been lobbed by those often far removed from the rocket fire.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?
July 22, 2014
Obviously, Pitt grabbed a can of beer and lobbed it over to McConaughey, 'cause what else would he have done?Viral Video of the Day: Brad Pitt Throws Beer to Matthew McConaughey
The Daily Beast Video
May 19, 2014
He lobbed an object that made a soft landing in a mound of grass a few yards away from us.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
As the Kenyan government struggled to retake the mall, Shabaab lobbed taunt after taunt.Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars
February 16, 2014
Accusations of hypocrisy and disingenuousness have been lobbed at both for doing it with seeming ease.In Defense of Kanye West
December 4, 2013
The Lester-bot lobbed one to Perry-bot, but Perry-bot flubbed the toss.Makers
You have lobbed the Forum of loyalty and the Republic of dignity.Life of Cicero
As we moved out a few shells skimmed over the kopjes and lobbed themselves where our lines had been.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
Harry Hawke had already drawn the pin and lobbed a hand grenade neatly through the crevice.With Haig on the Somme
D. H. Parry
An hour later some hilarious subalterns walked along the whole row of huts and lobbed stones on to the roofs.A Padre in France
George A. Birmingham
- 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
- short for lobworm
Word Origin and History for lobbed
"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.