A watch with fob.
The ornament on the end of a pocket watch chain is an example of a fob.
- a small pocket in the front of a pair of trousers, for carrying a watch, etc.; watch pocket
- a short ribbon or chain attached to a watch and hanging out of such a pocket
- any ornament worn at the end of such a ribbon or chain
- any small trinket or device attached or made to attach to a key ring or keychain, specif., a small remote-control device that operates the doors, alarm, etc. of an automobilein full key fob
Origin of fobprobably ; from dialect, dialectal German fuppe, a pocket
Origin of fob; from Middle English fobben, to cheat, trick, probably akin to German foppen, origin, originally a cant term
- to trick or put off (a person) with second-rate articles, lies, excuses, etc.
- to get rid of (something worthless) by deceit or trickery; palm off
- A small pocket at the front waistline of a man's trousers or in the front of a vest, used especially to hold a watch.
- a. A short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch and worn hanging in front of the vest or waist.b. An ornament or seal attached to such a chain or ribbon.
Origin of fobProbably akin to Low German Fobke, small pocket.
transitive verbfobbed fobbed, fob·bing, fobs Archaic
Origin of fobMiddle English fobben, probably from fob, trickster.
- father of the bride
- free on board
- A little pocket near the waistline of a pair of trousers or in a waistcoat or vest to hold a pocketwatch; a watch pocket.
- 1711 Jonathan Swift, Windsor Prophecy:
- A short chain or ribbon to connect such a pocket to the watch.
- A small ornament attached to such a chain.
- A hand-held remote control device used to lock/unlock motor cars etc.
- The Jonathan Swift quote indicates that the word "fob" at that time period did not specifically apply to an object attached to the chain or watch.
- A "fob" attached directly to the watch serves as an ornament and or as a grip for more easily pulling the watch from the watch pocket.
- A fob attached to a drooping chain would be mainly an ornament.
- High German fuppe (“a pocket”)
(third-person singular simple present fobs, present participle fobbing, simple past and past participle fobbed)
German foppen (“to mock”)
- (incoterm) Free On Board
- Frequencies of Brilliance
- Fresh Off the Boat (slang)
- From Our Berth - a commerce term, indicating that the quoted price doesn't include shipping, as you are accepting it "from our berth (shipping dock)"
- (military) Forward Operating Base
- (US, politics) friend of Bill; a supporter of Bill Clinton
- A recent immigrant (from "fresh off the boat")
- (in reference to Filipinos) Commonly used as an insult. But in recent times, it describes a Filipino background. Like FLIP, it's considered to be insulting, but Filipinos take it to be something of pride. FOB refers to having one of the Filipino accents, usually Tagalog accent. Filipino's take FOB and mean it as "Filipino on Vacation" where in Tagalog it would be pronounced "Filipino on Bakasyon" or something of the sort. It also means newcomer, or someone who is "Fresh" meaning they have the spirit of the native Filipino in them still.
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See free on board.