bob

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bob1 /bɑb/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  bobbed, bob•bing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a short, jerky motion: A bob of her head told me she had noticed me.

v. 
  1. to move (something) quickly down and up: [+ object]She bobbed her head.[no object]bobbed up and down in the water, waving for help.
  2. [+ object] to indicate with such a motion: She bobbed a greeting without looking up from her work.
  3. bob up, [no object] to appear unexpectedly.

bob2 /bɑb/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  bobbed, bob•bing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga short, caplike haircut that is even on all sides.
  2. a float for a fishing line:She put her string through the bob and watched it float on the lake.

v. 
  1. Clothing[+ object] to cut (hair, etc.) short: to bob one's hair.
  2. to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth:[+ for + object]bobbing for apples.

bob4 /bɑb/USA pronunciation   n. , pl.  bob. 
  1. British TermsBrit. shilling.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bob1  (bob),USA pronunciation n., v.,  bobbed, bob•bing. 
n. 
  1. a short, jerky motion:a bob of the head.

v.t. 
  1. to move quickly down and up:to bob the head.
  2. to indicate with such a motion:to bob a greeting.

v.i. 
  1. to make a jerky motion with the head or body.
  2. to move about with jerky, usually rising and falling motions:The ball bobbed upon the waves.
  3. bob up, to emerge or appear, esp. unexpectedly:A familiar face bobbed up in the crowd.
  • late Middle English bobben. See bob2 1400–50

bob2  (bob),USA pronunciation n., v.,  bobbed, bob•bing. 
n. 
  1. Clothinga style of short haircut for women and children.
  2. a docked horse's tail.
  3. Mechanical Engineeringa dangling or terminal object, as the weight on a pendulum or a plumb line.
  4. a short, simple line in a verse or song, esp. a short refrain or coda.
  5. [Angling.]
    • Sporta knot of worms, rags, etc., on a string.
    • Sporta float for a fishing line.
  6. Sporta bobsled or bob skate.
  7. Scottish Termsa bunch, cluster, or wad, esp. a small bouquet of flowers.
  8. Mechanical Engineering[Obs.]See  walking beam. 

v.t. 
  1. Clothingto cut short;
    dock:They bobbed their hair to be in style.

v.i. 
  1. to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth:to bob for apples.
  2. Sport[Angling.]to fish with a bob.
  • 1300–50; Middle English bobbe (noun, nominal) spray, cluster, bunch (of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc.); of uncertain origin, originally

bob3  (bob),USA pronunciation n., v.,  bobbed, bob•bing. 
n. 
  1. a tap;
    light blow.
  2. a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.

v.t. 
  1. to tap;
    strike lightly.
  • Middle English bobben to strike, beat, perh. imitative See bop2 1350–1400

bob4  (bob),USA pronunciation n., pl.  bob. [Brit. Informal.]
  1. British Termsa shilling.
  • perh. from Bob 1780–90

Bob  (bob),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name, form of  Robert. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bob /bɒb/ vb (bobs, bobbing, bobbed)
  1. to move or cause to move up and down repeatedly, as while floating in water
  2. to move or cause to move with a short abrupt movement, as of the head
  3. (intransitive) usually followed by up: to appear or emerge suddenly
  4. (intransitive) usually followed by for: to attempt to get hold (of a floating or hanging object, esp an apple) in the teeth as a game
n
  1. a short abrupt movement, as of the head
Etymology: 14th Century: of uncertain origin
bob /bɒb/ n
  1. a hairstyle for women and children in which the hair is cut short evenly all round the head
  2. a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
  3. short for bobsleigh
vb (bobs, bobbing, bobbed)
  1. (transitive) to cut (the hair) in a bob
  2. (transitive) to cut short (something, esp the tail of an animal); dock or crop
  3. (intransitive) to ride on a bobsled
Etymology: 14th Century bobbe bunch of flowers, perhaps of Celtic origin
bob /bɒb/ n ( pl bob)
  1. Brit
    (formerly) an informal word for a shilling
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin



'bob' also found in these entries:
Collocations: asked for a bob cut (at the hairdresser's), winter sports: a [four] -man bob, a [fishing, line, plumb] bob, more...

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