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[nob-uh l]
verb (used with object), nob·bled, nob·bling. British Slang.
  1. to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race.
  2. to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to.
  3. to swindle; defraud.
  4. to seize (a person); hold for arrest.
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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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Examples from the Web for nobbler

Historical Examples

  • Then come to my tent, and I'll give you a nobbler that may make you.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

  • Then he orders a nobbler of rum for me and a nobbler of whisky for 'imself.

  • Footnote 5: Nobbler--the Australian term for a glass of wine or spirits.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • And you call that drop a nobbler, do you, in the old country?

    My Lord Duke

    E. W. Hornung

  • If you meet an old friend, his first greeting is, 'Come and have a nobbler!'

    Town Life in Australia

    R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny

British Dictionary definitions for nobbler


verb (tr) British slang
  1. to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
  2. to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
  3. to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
  4. to steal; filch
  5. to get hold of; grab
  6. to kidnap
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Derived Formsnobbler, noun

Word Origin

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