nobble

[nob-uh l]
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verb (used with object), nob·bled, nob·bling. British Slang.

to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race.
to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to.
to swindle; defraud.
to seize (a person); hold for arrest.

Nearby words

  1. noah's dove,
  2. noahic,
  3. noahide laws,
  4. nob,
  5. nob hill,
  6. nobbut,
  7. nobby,
  8. nobel,
  9. nobel laureate,
  10. nobel prize

Origin of nobble

1840–50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)

Related formsnob·bler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nobble

nobble

verb (tr) British slang

to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
to steal; filch
to get hold of; grab
to kidnap
Derived Formsnobbler, noun

Word Origin for nobble

C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler

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