- Brit., Dial. a hanging cluster
- any knoblike hanging weight or pendant: a plumb bob
- a short curl or knob of hair
- a docked tail, as of a horse
- a short hairstyle for a woman or child, with the hair of relatively even length all around
- a quick, jerky motion, like that of a cork on water
- a float on a fishing line
- clustered bait used on a fishing line
- a type of Scottish dance
- a quick curtsy
- ⌂ a bobsled or bob skate
- Archaic a tap or light blow
- Archaic a short refrain in a song
Origin of bobMiddle English bobbe, hanging cluster; bobsenses -, ; from the verb , bob ; from bobsled
- to knock against lightly; rap
- to move, esp. up and down, with short, jerky motions
- to cut (hair, a tail, etc.) short; dock
Origin of bobME bobben, to knock against; also < bobbe, hanging cluster
- to move or act in a bobbing manner; move suddenly or jerkily
- to curtsy quickly
- to fish with a bob
- to try to catch suspended or floating fruit with the teeth: with for
Origin of bob; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Bob, nickname for Robert
verbbobbed, bob·bing, bobs
- To move up and down: a cork bobbing on the water.
- To grab at floating or hanging objects with the teeth: bobbed for apples.
- To fish with a bobber.
- To curtsy or bow.
- A quick, jerky movement of the head or body.
- A bobber used in fishing.
Origin of bobMiddle English bobben, to move up and down, probably ultimately of imitative origin.
- A small, knoblike pendent object, such as a plumb bob.
- A small lock or curl of hair.
- A woman's or child's short haircut.
- Informal Surgical shortening or reshaping of the nose.
- The docked tail of a horse.
- a. A bobsled.b. A bob skate.
transitive verbbobbed, bob·bing, bobs
Origin of bobMiddle English bobbe, cluster of fruit.
nounpl. bob Chiefly British
Origin of bobOrigin unknown.
- (humorous) Battery-operated boyfriend, that is, a vibrator.
- (philately) Back-of-the-book; denoting those stamps in a catalogue that are not used for the payment of regular postage fees, and are displayed separately in the catalogue after that listing; the division between these two groups varies with the publisher.
Acronym, fortuitously spelling out the male given name Bob in the case of the humorous colloquial definition.
Despite being used as a common noun, the word is typically still treated as a name and left capitalized.