Find the word definition

Crossword clues for bob

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a duck bobs (=moves up and down on the water)
▪ They watched the ducks bobbing up and down on the waves.
▪ They strung a net between two palm trees and bobbed about in an energetic game of four-a-side volleyball.
▪ We could see ruddy ducks bobbing about up close and kayakers.
▪ The rest bobbed up and down at chin height, or remained by the bathing-machine steps.
▪ Just at that moment a small fat man bobbed up among the line of hostile faces.
▪ You don't have to bob up and down like that.
▪ Aileen was so nervous that her whole body was bobbing up and down as she chewed gum.
▪ She nudged him as the sleek dark head of a seal bobbed up scant yards from where they were.
▪ Jerry calls Bob up every night at around nine, and they talk for an hour.
▪ In the mob I could see Sally's tawny head bobbing up and down.
▪ An onion, bobbing up from the ocean?
▪ The boats in the marina bobbed, well lit, white light dappling the dark waters.
▪ More than a dozen boats bobbed against the docks, their hulls restless in the approaching dusk.
▪ It's like a little boat, bobbing there, up and down.
▪ The crowds waved and cheered him on, the boats bobbing up and down in the estuary.
▪ A fair swell was running, and the boat bobbed up and down like a cork on the surface.
▪ She was surprised to see Elaine's head bobbing above the surface of the water when she reached the beach.
▪ Fuckingsonofachickenshit, he thought, his eyes and mouth heavy with insult, his head bobbing slightly.
▪ She nudged him as the sleek dark head of a seal bobbed up scant yards from where they were.
▪ His head bobbed like some leftover party balloon Lois had tied to the door handle.
▪ In the mob I could see Sally's tawny head bobbing up and down.
▪ Which is easier to say with head bobbing affirmatively, 2a or 2b?
▪ My head bobbed out into the cold dry air.
▪ His head bobbed on top of his big body and his face always reminded me of Yogi Bear.
Bob's your uncle!
bob/dunk/dip for apples
▪ Children from Much Marcle Primary School will be demonstrating how to bob for apples.
▪ Amelia was very hesitant about bobbing her hair.
▪ He bobbed like happy flotsam on the warm sea of life.
▪ Here seals may be seen bobbing in the calm waters.
▪ I noticed that the plastic Seayak bobbed up, over and down rather than cutting through the swell.
▪ She wondered whether they were anchored; they seemed fixed; they did not bob.
▪ The floor was bobbing up and down as on a ship.
▪ We could see ruddy ducks bobbing about up close and kayakers.
▪ When the indicator bobs and dips, you set the hook.
▪ She can't be short of a bob or two.
▪ Her thick dark hair was cut in a short bob with fringe.
▪ She's white, in her twenties, with dark hair cut in a short bob.
▪ Now, of course, he's not exactly short of a bob or two.
▪ I felt out of proportion with a short bob and, although striking, it was too neat and tidy for me.
▪ It was a short bob, the same colour as my own hair.
▪ Great that we're making a few bob at last.
▪ It ain't easy making an honest bob these days.
▪ a little girl with a short bob
▪ In fact he'd let me have a few bob to see me clear.
▪ She did the bob they were taught at school, the deep version.
▪ Some one up there must have wagered a few bob on them for another Grand Slam.
▪ The classic, one-length bob 1.
▪ The sleek bob fell straight to her shoulders and then curled under.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bob \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.

    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. [1913 Webster] ||


Bob \Bob\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bobbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Bobbing.] [OE. bobben. See Bob, n.]

  1. To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob. ``He bobbed his head.''
    --W. Irving.

  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.

  3. To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch.

    Gold and jewels that I bobbed from him.

  4. To mock or delude; to cheat.

    To play her pranks, and bob the fool, The shrewish wife began.

  5. To cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail.


Bob \Bob\ (b[o^]b), n. [An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; OE. bob bunch, bobben to strike, mock, deceive. Cf. Prov. Eng. bob, n., a ball, an engine beam, bunch, blast, trick, taunt, scoff; as, a v., to dance, to courtesy, to disappoint, OF. bober to mock.]

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  13. A shilling. [Slang, Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"move with a short, jerking motion," late 14c., probably connected to Middle English bobben "to strike, beat" (late 13c.), perhaps of echoic origin. Another early sense was "to make a fool of, cheat" (early 14c.). Related: Bobbed; bobbing. The sense in bobbing for apples (or cherries) recorded by 1799.


"short hair," 1680s, attested 1570s in sense of "a horse's tail cut short," from earlier bobbe "cluster" (as of leaves), mid-14c., a northern word, perhaps of Celtic origin (compare Irish baban "tassel, cluster," Gaelic babag). Used over the years in various senses connected by the notion of "round, hanging mass," such as "weight at the end of a line" (1650s). The hair sense was revived with a shift in women's styles early 20c. (verb 1918, noun 1920). Related words include bobby pin, bobby sox, bobsled, bobcat.


"act of bobbing," 1540s, from bob (v.1). As a slang word for "shilling" it is attested from 1789, but the signification is unknown.


n. 1 A generic male person. 2 (context cryptography physics etc. English) A placeholder name for the person or system receiving a message or signal from a source conventionally known as Alice. n. (given name: male), a form of Robert.

  1. n. a former monetary unit in Great Britain [syn: British shilling, shilling]

  2. a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around

  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, dock]

  7. a short abrupt inclination (as of the head); "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"

  8. [also: bobbing, bobbed]

  1. v. move up and down repeatedly; "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"

  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 days!"

  6. [also: bobbing, bobbed]


Bob or B.O.B. may refer to:

  • Bob cut, a hairstyle
  • Bob, a slang term in Great Britain for the shilling
Bob (physics)

A bob is the weight on the end of a pendulum found most commonly, but not exclusively, in pendulum clocks.

Bob (The Dresden Files)

Bob is a fictional character in the book series The Dresden Files and its TV series adaptation, in which he is portrayed by Terrence Mann.

Bob (TV series)

Bob is an American short-lived sitcom which ran on CBS from September 18, 1992 to December 27, 1993, with a total of 33 half-hour episodes spanning over two seasons. It was the third starring-vehicle sitcom for Bob Newhart, and proved to be far less successful than The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, his previous outings with the network. Bill Steinkellner, Cheri Steinkellner, and Phoef Sutton comprised the creative writing team behind the show. The series was produced by Paramount Television.

Bob (Tekken)

(Full name: ) is a fictional character from the Tekken fighting game series released by Namco Bandai Games. Bob was introduced in Tekken 6 (2007), and he has returned for all other subsequent games. Bob is a renowned martial arts prodigy from the United States. An alternate version of himself named Slim Bob is playable in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (2011). Slim Bob is, as the name suggests, a thinner version of Bob who made an appearance in his Tekken 6 ending.

BOB (band)

BOB were an indie pop band from North London, England, formed in 1985.

Bob (comics)

Bob, in comics, may refer to:

  • Bob, Agent of HYDRA, a Marvel Comics character associated with Deadpool
  • Bob (First Comics), a "watchlizard" from the First Comics series GrimJack
  • Bob the Monitor, a character who appeared in Countdown to Final Crisis
Bob (mobile operator)

bob is a mobile virtual network operator in Bulgaria. It is a subsidiary of Mtel, launched in 2011.

BOB (psychedelic)

BOB, or 4- bromo-2,5,beta-tri methoxy phenethylamine, is a lesser-known psychedelic drug. It is the beta-methoxy analog of 2C-B. BOB was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. In his book PiHKAL (Phenethylamines i Have Known And Loved), the dosage range is listed as 10–20 mg, and the duration listed as 10–20 hours. BOB produces an altered state of consciousness, tinnitus, a pleasant tingling throughout the body, and a sense of awareness. Very little data exists about the pharmacological properties, metabolism, and toxicity of BOB.

Bob (dog)

Bob was a dog who received the Dickin Medal in 1944 from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals for bravery in service during the Second World War.

The Dickin Medal is often referred to as the animal metaphorical equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Bob (surname)

Bob is the surname of:

  • Camille Bob (born 1937), American rhythm and blues singer and musician
  • Fernando Bob (born 1988), Brazilian footballer also known as Bob
  • Hans-Ekkehard Bob (1917-2013), German World War II fighter ace
  • Ioan Bob, Bishop of Făgăraş of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church from 1783 to 1830
Bob (given name)

Bob is a male given name or hypocorism, usually of Robert. It is most common in English speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

It most likely originated from the hypocorism Rob, short for Robert. Rhyming names were popular in the Middle Ages, so Richard became Rick, Hick, or Dick, William became Will or Bill, and Robert became Rob, Hob, Dob, Nob, or Bob.

In 1960 nearly 3,000 babies in the United States were given the name Bob compared to fewer than 50 in 2000.

Usage examples of "bob".

Something fluttered, flittered, dipped, and bobbed in the clear desert sky like an addled bat driven into sunshine.

Mina Gelmann wagged an admonitory finger in the direction of the bobbing blue ellipse.

Bob Heinlein was a most worthy addition to the Aeronautical Materials Laboratory.

It bobbed about at alarming angles for a few seconds before gradually righting itself.

The boat was just swinging up beside the amphibian plane bobbing gently around on the water.

Bob, on the previous evening, now rushed into the mind of Arabin, and he called the settler aside and informed him of it, and inquired if he thought his men would steal or conceal the horse.

Most of them risked so much by leaving good jobs with much larger variety chains to join up with a one-horse outfit run by an overactive dreamer down in Bentonvillepeople like Clarence Leis, Willard Walker, Charlie Baum, Ron Loveless, Bob Bogle, Claude Harris, Ferold Arend, Charlie Cate, Al Miles, Thomas Jefferson, Gary Reinboth.

Ferold Arend and Ron Mayer and Bob Thornton and myself were still trying to get a handle on how to distribute to a growing number of stores in these small towns off the beaten path.

He paid Mary for the beer as Bob Arles made small talk, then Arles followed him out.

Besides Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich, the Republican team included Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and two Texans, Congressman Dick Armey, the House majority leader, and Congressman Tom DeLay, the House majority whip.

Dole, Gingrich, Armey, Daschle, and Gephardt were there, as were Al Gore, Leon Panetta, Bob Rubin, Laura Tyson, and other members of our team.

Ortho Bob stopped by with Weed Atman, both of them acting chirpy for the first time DL could remember.

One was to Morton Selwood, from Bob Beverly, telling the financier that the Aureole Mine was found and was as rich as anticipated.

He asked Zern why he wanted to see the Aureole Mine, and when Zern replied that he was interested simply because his own property was dependent on the value of the Aureole, Bob agreed to take him to the shaft.

And on the top of this you run away from protection just as Bob used to when he was a babyl Just that childishly!