[ toh-bee ]
/ ˈtoʊ bi /

noun, plural to·bies.

Also Toby, Toby jug. a mug in the form of a stout old man wearing a three-cornered hat.
Older Slang. a long, slender, cheap cigar.

Nearby words

  1. tobogganing,
  2. tobol,
  3. tobolsk,
  4. tobramycin,
  5. tobruk,
  6. toby jug,
  7. toc,
  8. toc h,
  9. tocantins,
  10. toccata

Origin of toby

First recorded in 1830–40; generic use of proper name, short for Tobias


[ toh-bee ]
/ ˈtoʊ bi /

noun, plural To·bies for 3.

a male given name, form of Tobias.
a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toby


/ (ˈtəʊbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

a water stopcock at the boundary of a street and house section
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Word Origin and History for toby


familiar form of masc. proper name Tobias, in various colloquial usages, e.g. "jug" (1840), "drinking mug in the form of a stout old man;" as a type of collar (1882) it refers to that worn by the dog Toby in the 19c. Punch and Judy shows. Also in Toby show (by 1942, American English) "comedy act based on the stock character of a boisterous, blundering yokel."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper