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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Local kids keep lobbing empty beer cans over our fence.
▪ Someone lobbed a book at me, and it hit me in the face.
▪ Armies that ran out of rocks for their catapults would sometimes lob live lepers into besieged towns to scare the inhabitants.
▪ O'Connell seized on a bad back-pass to lob the winner.
▪ Seles admits she can't lob or serve very well to save her life.
▪ The first goal he scored in the famous Burnley game was really something special, he lobs the goalie from miles out.
▪ We could lob the ball in to Katrina and Lisa.
▪ You can lob a firebomb through the window.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pollock \Pol"lock\, n. [See Pollack.] (Zo["o]l.) A marine gadoid fish ( Pollachius carbonarius), native both of the European and American coasts. It is allied to the cod, and like it is salted and dried. In England it is called coalfish, lob, podley, podling, pollack, etc.


Pollack \Pol"lack\, n. [Cf. G. & D. pollack, and Gael. pollag a little pool, a sort of fish.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A marine gadoid food fish of Europe ( Pollachius virens). Called also greenfish, greenling, lait, leet, lob, lythe, and whiting pollack.

  2. The American pollock; the coalfish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"send up in a slow, high arc," 1824 (implied in lobbing), but the word existed 16c. in various senses suggesting heavy, pendant, or floppy things, and probably is ultimately from an unrecorded Old English word; compare East Frisian lobbe "hanging lump of flesh," Dutch lob "hanging lip, ruffle, hanging sleeve," Danish lobbes "clown, bumpkin." Related: Lobbed; lobbing. The noun in this sense is from 1875, from the verb.


a word of widespread application to lumpish things, probably in Old English. Compare Middle Dutch, Middle Low German lobbe, Old Norse lubba. From late 13c. as a surname; meaning "pollack" is from early 14c.; that of "lazy lout" is from late 14c.


Etymology 1 n. (''ball sports'') A pass or stroke which arches high into the air. vb. 1 To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch. 2 (context colloquial English) To throw. 3 (context colloquial English) To put, place 4 (context sports English) To hit, kick, or throw a ball over another player in a game. Etymology 2

n. a lump Etymology 3

n. A fish, the European pollock. Etymology 4

vb. (context mining English) To cob (chip off unwanted pieces of stone).

  1. v. propel in a high arc; "lob the tennis ball"

  2. [also: lobbing, lobbed]

  1. n. an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc

  2. the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc

  3. [also: lobbing, lobbed]


LOB may refer to:

  • Line of Business
  • Load of Bull - used when reviewing to mark up information or a part of a report which is not trustworthy, or seems unbelievable. Other less flattering words may be substituted for "Bull"
  • Left on base, a baseball term
  • "Legion of Boom" (Seattle Seahawks), a nickname for American football team Seahawks' secondary unit composed of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, & Kam Chancellor.
  • Longbridge railway station, England, National Rail station code LOB
  • Locator OBject, in database software, a pointer to a location where data is stored
  • Longworth House Office Building, used by the United States House of Representatives
  • The Lancaster-Oslo/Bergen Corpus (LOB Corpus) of British English
  • Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game booster pack
Lob (tennis)

A lob in tennis (also called Great Horse, in Italian Cavallone) is hitting the ball high and deep into the opponent's court. It can be used as an offensive or defensive weapon depending on the situation.

Usage examples of "lob".

He had been about to say just that when Filix had lobbed the first one.

Louis was guddling around in his own mess tin, picking out the choicest parts first as usual, and as Lessing watched he picked out a morsel that did not seem to meet with his approval, for he lobbed it over to the dog.

His father, David Hamer, was pushing through the crowd of children, and Archie stood up on his chair, opened up his bag, and lobbed the wrapped toys out at the children.

Welkin steeled himself to charge the jabbers who were now lobbing arrows at them from a thicket eighty yards away.

Lob und Jubel, und dieser schwamm wirklich in einem wahren Meer von Wonne.

He reached out and lobbed the first krak grenade between the drive cogs and the tracks they were linked with.

Instead of lobbing shells at the Iraqis, the brigade headquarters would be seeded with intelligence analysts and a wide range of technical experts and equipment, and converted into a WMD exploitation team.

Instead of lobbing missiles at cities, as they had done during previous conflicts, the Iraqis were targeting military installations and command centers, some of which had only recently been established.

Iraqi soldiers were firing RPGs from the west side of the dam and lobbing mortars and artillery.

When the tanker moved in between the Romaghins and Muties and began lobbing shells, they would be dead to the last.

Any attackers--why, one man on the ramparts with a slingshot could decimate an army, lobbing these cherry bombs down.

Do you honestly think some Russian general is beyond lobbing one into Germany to expand the conflict?

The french howitzers on the other stream bank had begun lobbing shells into the graveyard and upper houses, adding to the smoke and noise.

I swam under the ship, emerged under the Basco pier, climbed up a ways into the pilings, and lobbed one bottle of putrescine up there.

He came in fast and loud on the Zodiac, kept the Basco Explorer between him and the guards, and got his assistants to lob the rest of the putrescine up onto the ship.