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.

Origin of toby

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



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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Contemporary Examples of toby

  • Unfortunately for Lohan, the next line delivered by Richard Schiff (Toby from The West Wing) was: “You have done a fantastic job!”

  • Toby Lanzer, who heads UN humanitarian operations in South Sudan, has referred to the slaughter in Bentiu as a "game changer."

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    Preventing Genocide In South Sudan

    Eric Reeves, John Prendergast

    April 29, 2014

  • The fashion photography duo talks to Toby Milstein about their latest projects and who they never want to photograph.

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    7 Questions for Inez and Vinoodh

    Toby Milstein

    September 8, 2013

  • (The choppy, inert 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd barely registered a blip).

  • “This law is so absurd,” said Toby Hoover, director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.

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    American Gun Law 5

    David Frum

    December 18, 2012

Historical Examples of toby

British Dictionary definitions for toby


noun plural -bies

a water stopcock at the boundary of a street and house section
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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