Fob definition

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A hand-held remote control device used to lock/unlock motor cars etc.
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To cheat or deceive (another).
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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 automobile.
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Free on board.
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(archaic) To cheat, to trick, to take in, to impose upon someone.

1604 William Shakespeare, Othello, iv, 2.

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Fresh Off the Boat (slang)
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Father of the bride.
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The term fob originated in the late 1800s and refers to an ornament on a pocket-watch chain. Today a fob refers to a variety of small electronic devices, including USB drives, authentication tokens, remote car starters and garage door openers. See USB drive, USB dongle and authentication token.
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(military) Forward Operating Base.
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The definition of a fob is a watch chain, an ornament attached to a watch or key chain, or a pocket for your watch.

The ornament on the end of a pocket watch chain is an example of a fob.

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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.
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A short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch and worn hanging in front of the vest or waist.
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An ornament or seal attached to such a chain or ribbon.
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A small pocket in the front of a pair of trousers, for carrying a watch, etc.; watch pocket.
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A short ribbon or chain attached to a watch and hanging out of such a pocket.
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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.

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A short chain or ribbon to connect such a pocket to the watch.
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A small ornament attached to such a chain.
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(archaic) To beat; to maul.
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(incoterm) Free On Board.
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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)"
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(US, politics) Friend of Bill; a supporter of Bill Clinton.
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A recent immigrant (from "fresh off the boat")
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Free on board.
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Any ornament worn at the end of such a ribbon or chain.
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(obs.) To cheat; trick; deceive.
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fob off
  • 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
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of fob - f-o-b

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fob
Plural:
fobs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fob

  • Middle English fobben probably from fob trickster

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably akin to Low German Fobke small pocket

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • German foppen (“to mock”)

    From Wiktionary

  • High German fuppe (“a pocket”)

    From Wiktionary