Rob Definition

robbed, robbing, robs
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To take personal property from unlawfully by using or threatening force and violence; commit robbery upon.
Webster's New World
To steal something from in any way, as by embezzlement or burglary.
Webster's New World
To steal (money or valuables).
Robbed money out of the till.
American Heritage
To plunder or rifle.
Webster's New World
To commit robbery.
Webster's New World

The inspissated juice of ripe fruit, obtained by evaporation of the juice over a fire until it reaches a syrupy consistency. It is sometimes mixed with honey or sugar.


A diminutive of the male given name Robert.


(rare compared to the pet form) A surname, derived from Robert.

rob Peter to pay Paul
  • To incur a debt in order to pay off another debt.
American Heritage
rob (someone) blind
  • To rob in an unusually deceitful or thorough way:

    robbed the old couple blind while employed as a companion.

American Heritage
rob the cradle
  • To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.
American Heritage

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Origin of Rob

  • Middle English robben, from Anglo-Norman rober, robber, from Old Dutch *rōbōn (compare Dutch roven), from Proto-Germanic *raubōną (compare English reave). More at reave.

    From Wiktionary

  • French; compare Spanish rob, Italian rob, robbo, Portuguese robe, arrobe, and similar Arabic and Persian words.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English robben from Old French rober of Germanic origin reup- in Indo-European roots

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

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