- a short nail with a broad head, put on the soles of heavy shoes to prevent wear or slipping
- one of a series of knoblike decorations, as on the edge of a glass plate
Origin of hobnailhob, sense + nail
to put hobnails on
A short nail with a thick head used to protect the soles of shoes or boots.
Having or decorated with a raised pattern of bumps resembling such nails.
Origin of hobnailhob1, peg, projection (obsolete) + nail.
Fenton ruffled hobnail
(third-person singular simple present hobnails, present participle hobnailing, simple past and past participle hobnailed)
- To fit with hobnails.
- a machine for the hobnailing of shoes
- To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes.