verb (used with object), lobbed, lob·bing.

verb (used without object), lobbed, lob·bing.

Tennis. to lob a ball.


Origin of lob

1325–75; in earlier sense, to behave like a lob (Middle English lobbe, lob bumpkin, clumsy person, orig. pollack; Old English: spider; basic sense, something pendulous); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch lobbe dangling part, stockfish, etc.
Related formslob·ber, noun
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Related Words for lobbing

flip, loft, hurl, project, launch, chuck, propel, pitch

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a ball struck in a high arc
cricket a ball bowled in a slow high arc

verb lobs, lobbing or lobbed

to hit or kick (a ball) in a high arc
informal to throw, esp in a high arc

Word Origin for lob

C14: probably of Low German origin, originally in the sense: something dangling; compare Middle Low German lobbe hanging lower lip, Old English loppe spider




short for lobworm

Word Origin for lob

C17 (in the sense: pendulous object): related to lob 1
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Word Origin and History for lobbing



"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.

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