1. Anything that hangs so as to play loosely, or with a short abrupt motion, as at the end of a string; a pendant; as, the bob at the end of a kite's tail.
In jewels dressed and at each ear a bob. --Dryden.
2. A knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait.
Or yellow bobs, turned up before the plow,
Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enow. --Lauson.
3. A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
4. The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
5. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
6. A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing; as, a bob of the head.
7. Steam Engine A working beam.
8. A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig.
A plain brown bob he wore. --Shenstone.
9. A peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells.
10. The refrain of a song.
To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song. --L'Estrange.
11. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
12. A jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick.
He that a fool doth very wisely hit,
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Not to seem senseless of the bob. --Shak.
13. A shilling. [Slang, Eng.]
Bob v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bobbed p. pr. & vb. n. Bobbing.]
1. To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob. “He bobbed his head.”
2. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.
If any man happened by long sitting to sleep . . . he was suddenly bobbed on the face by the servants. --Elyot.
3. To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch.
Gold and jewels that I bobbed from him. --Shak.
4. To mock or delude; to cheat.
To play her pranks, and bob the fool,
The shrewish wife began. --Turbervile.
5. To cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail.
Bob, v. i.
1. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything. “Bobbing and courtesying.”
2. To angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 & 3.
He ne'er had learned the art to bob
For anything but eels. --Saxe.
To bob at an apple, cherry, etc. to attempt to bite or seize with the mouth an apple, cherry, or other round fruit, while it is swinging from a string or floating in a tug of water.
n 1: a former monetary unit in Great Britain [syn: British
2: a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all
3: a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering
mechanism [syn: bobsled, bobsleigh]
4: a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
5: a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing
line [syn: bobber, cork, bobfloat]
6: a short or shortened tail of certain animals [syn: bobtail,
7: a short abrupt inclination (as of the head); "he gave me a
short bob of acknowledgement"
v 1: move up and down repeatedly; "her rucksack bobbed gently on
2: ride a bobsled; "The boys bobbed down the hill screaming
with pleasure" [syn: bobsled]
3: remove or shorten the tail of an animal [syn: dock, tail]
4: make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a
sign of respect; "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's
hand" [syn: curtsy]
5: cut hair in the style of a bob; "Bernice bobs her hair these
[also: bobbing, bobbed]