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Dabchick \Dab"chick`\ (d[a^]b"ch[i^]k`), n. [For dabchick. See Dap, Dip, cf. Dipchick.] (Zo["o]l.) A small water bird ( Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called also dapchick, dobchick, dipchick, didapper, dobber, devil-diver, hell-diver, and pied-billed grebe. [1913 Webster] ||


n. 1 (context US English) A tool used to play bingo; a dauber. 2 (context UK derogatory English) A member of the working class in Scotland who is seen as undereducated, with poor taste, especially in clothes, and poor social skills; ''closely connected to chav''. 3 (context Australia UK derogatory English) One who dobs (informs against or implicates to authority). 4 (context British informal English) Any small electronic device that plugs directly into a larger one, such as a wireless scoring system in fencing or a USB mass storage device. 5 (context British chiefly dialect English) A large marble. 6 (context US regional English) A float (as used by an angler). 7 A dabchick.


Dobber may refer to:

  • Dirt dauber, a wasp that builds its nest from mud
  • Dobber (merchandise), shirts, jeans, and license plates associated with Glenn Dobbs
  • Bob Lanier (basketball), (born 1948), nicknamed The Dobber, a retired American professional basketball player
  • 'Dobber' is the name of the horse who played "Bad Horse" in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
  • Dobber, a marker for marking cards at a bingo hall also known as a dibber.
  • Dobber, Used in Scotland as a slang word referring to the male genitalia.
  • Dobber is a derogatory Australian term for somebody who reports people to the authorities for (usually minor or socially acceptable) wrongdoings.
  • Dobber, a big marble (Derbyshire, 1960's)

People with surname Dobber:

  • Andrzej Dobber, operatic singer (baritone)

Usage examples of "dobber".

Brandy Bottle Bates and The Sky and the other citizens are standing, and one and all are feeling sorry for Dobber, the doorman, thinking of what Nathan Detroit is bound to say to him for letting her in.

Dobber has a pretty fair sort of memory, and he says that Miss Sarah Brown tells The Sky that since he seems to know so much about the Bible, maybe he remembers the second verse of the Song of Solomon, but the chances are Dobber muffs the number of the verse, because I look the matter up in one of these Gideon Bibles, and the verse seems a little too much for Miss Sarah Brown, although of course you never can tell.

There was marbles, and there was a game of marbles called Dobbers, played with marbles the size of lemons.