Hob or Hobs may refer to:
A hob is a type of small mythological household spirit found in the north and midlands of England, but especially on the Anglo-Scottish border, according to traditional folklore of those regions. They could live inside the house or outdoors. They are said to work in farmyards and thus could be helpful, however if offended they could become nuisances. The usual way to dispose of a hob was to give them a set of new clothing, the receiving of which would make the creature leave forever. It could however be impossible to get rid of the worst hobs.
In a kitchen the hob is a projection, shelf, grate or bench for holding food or utensils at the back or side of a hearth ( fireplace) to keep them warm, or an internal chimney-corner. In modern British English usage, the word refers to a cooktop or hotplate, as distinguished from an oven.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A kind of cutting tool, used to cut the teeth of a gear. 2 (context obsolete English) The flat projection or iron shelf at the side of a fire grate, where things are put to be kept warm. 3 (context British AU NZ English) The top cooking surface on a cooker. It typically comprises several cooking elements (often four), also known as 'rings'. 4 A rounded peg used as a target in several games, especially in quoits. 5 A male ferret. 6 The hub of a wheel. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To create (a gear) by cutting with a hob. 2 (context intransitive English) To engage in the process of cutting gears with a hob. Etymology 2
n. 1 (label en obsolete) A fairy; a sprite; an elf. 2 (label en obsolete) A countryman; a rustic or yokel.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a hard steel edge tool used to cut gears
a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm
The Collaborative International Dictionary
nave \nave\ (n[=a]v), n. [AS. nafu; akin to D. naaf, G. nabe, OHG. naba, Icel. n["o]f, Dan. nav, Sw. naf, Skr. n[=a]bhi nave and navel: cf. L. umbo boss of a shield. [root]260. Cf. Navel.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"clown, prankster," short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play (the) hob "make mischief" (by 1834).
"side of fireplace," 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.
Usage examples of "hob".
And all the villagers were there, every male soul on the estate from Hob the austringer down to old Wat with no nose, all carrying spears or pitchforks or old scythe blades or stout poles.
Und wie er benommen und schwankend dastand, hob sich Pryderis Schwert wieder, und es war Govannons Axt, die es im Niedersausen aufhielt und zerschmetterte.
Without controversy there be seven seen sorts, seventeen several sorts of hob- thrushes, and several sorts of divels, and if the humour took me I could name them all by rote.
Mr Cecil, delighted at the possibility of mischief arising from this narrowing down of the party, struck out for himself and declared that ideas for Hoowarnese-inspired designs were simmering on the hob, duckies, and he must get out Little Red Attashy case and dash them down forthwith.
That is to say, Jim rode on, Hob flew on, Gorp and the sumpter horse paced forward.
He also saw Gorp and the sumpter horse, and, turning his head, saw Hob on his shoulder.
Fancy a confident country-girl--supreme in her own district over the Hobs and Hinnies thereabouts--in conflict with the adroit man of the world, and you have the whole history of Margaret Cooper, and the secret of her misfortune.
He heard Danner yell and looked back to see Hob on his feet with a Vulg slashing at him just as Danner rode by and reached out an arm.
No one in Fallbrook, Auberg, or Beresford knew exactly what a hob was, except that it was a wildling and relatively benevolent, and it owned this mountain, or belonged to it.
Cobb did or did not believe that the fortunate fall of Miss Wyker down the staircase had anything to do with Hob or not, she had since left out a bowl of cream each Saturday night and that was always drained dry in the morning.
Jahdo got the first pair unhooded easily enough, but their biggest hob, Ambo, was always a battle, a frantic wiggle of pushing paws.
She took it thong and all into her treasure ball among the straw, though truly, Ambo, our big hob I mean, it may be that Ambo did steal it from her later.
I only came aft to say Killick has a pot on the hob and a dish of burgoo, and should you like it on deck or below?
Motioning Tuck and Danner to the left and Tarpy and Hob to the right, Patrel stepped toward the porch.
Danner went around to the left of the house and Tarpy and Hob to the right, while Patrel stepped through the front door.