- Brit., Dial. a big, slow, clumsy person
- a soft underhand toss
- Tennis a stroke in which the ball is sent high into the air, usually so as to drop into the back of the opponent's court
Origin of lobMiddle English lobbe- (in lobbe-keling, large codfish), heavy, thick, akin to Old English lobbe, spider, EFris, Middle Low German lobbe, hanging lump of flesh, Old High German luppa, lumpy mass from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)leubh-, to hang loosely from source sloven
transitive verblobbed, lob′bing
to throw, toss, etc. in a high curve
- to move heavily and clumsily: often with along
- to lob a ball
verblobbed, lob·bing, lobs
To hit, throw, or propel in a high arc: lob a beach ball; lob a tennis shot over an opponent's head.
- To hit a ball in a high arc.
- To move heavily or clumsily.
- A ball hit, thrown, or propelled in a high arc.
- Slang A clumsy dull person; a lout.
Origin of lobOriginally, to act like a lout, hang heavily, move clumsily from lob lout, something heavy and pendulous, lump from Middle English lob pollack, lout Middle Low GermanMiddle Dutch lobbe, lubbe hanging lip, probably ultimately of imitative origin
- (computing, databases) Abbreviation of Oracle Large Object.