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Toby \To"by\, n.; pl. -bies. [Perh. from the proper name.] A small jug, pitcher, or mug, generally used for ale, shaped somewhat like a stout man, with a cocked hat forming the brim.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

familiar form of masc. proper name Tobias, in various colloquial usages, such as "jug" (1840), "drinking mug in the form of a stout old man;" as a type of collar (1882) it refers to that worn by the dog Toby in 19c. Punch and Judy shows. Also in Toby show (by 1942, American English) "comedy act based on the stock character of a boisterous, blundering yokel."


n. 1 A drink#Verb mug, in the shape of a human head with a hat atop. 2 (context British New Zealand English) The valve that mediates the connection between a mains water-supply and a premises's own plumbing. 3 The road or highway 4 (cx US dated regional English) A kind of inferior cigar of a long slender shape, tapered at one end.


n. a drinking mug in the shape of a stout man wearing a three-cornered hat [syn: toby jug, toby fillpot jug]


Toby is a popular male name in many English speaking countries. The name is from the Middle English vernacular form of Tobias. Tobias itself is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew טוביה Toviah, which translates to Good is Yahweh. Yahweh is the name of the Jewish god. Tobit is also an alternate form of Tobias.

It is also used as a contraction of Tobin, an Irish surname now also used as a forename.

Toby (TV series)

Toby was a Canadian sitcom, which aired on CBC Television in the 1968-69 television season. The show starred Susan Petrie as Toby Mitchell, a teenage girl juggling her family life and her friendship with Quebec exchange student J. J. Roberge ( Robert Duparc). The show also starred Arch McDonnell and Micki Moore as Toby's parents, and Peter Young as her younger brother Mark.

Although the show aired during a period of great social change, the show was somewhat of a throwback to an earlier era, depicting Toby as relatively innocent and traditional. The Toronto Star described the show as "Canada's own Gidget". Petrie herself commented to the Star that "Toby is supposed to be the perfect teenager. I'm not sure I believe her yet.... You know, I would like to tell it like it is. Toby is the type of girl who will go to college, marry the guy she meets in English 345, arrange flowers, be a good hostess — and raise more Tobys."

The show was not particularly successful, and was not renewed for a second season.

Toby (disambiguation)

Toby is a masculine given name. It may also refer to:

Toby (album)

Toby is the seventh studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1974 on the Brunswick label.

Usage examples of "toby".

Toby Argyll had lived was gracious but obviously was let in a series of rooms, as suited single men rather than families.

Toby Argyll, fell off the Westminster Bridge earlier this evening, and although we reached him within a few minutes, he was already dead.

Mary tipping over the rail, clinging on to Toby Argyll, and the two of them plunging down into the icy river.

First her father s error, his suicide, her own broken betrothal to Toby Argyll, then an estrangement from her sister, the shame of her false accusations, and nothing to look forward to in the future, not even financial security.

If so, then perhaps she had taken Toby with her over the edge intentionally, as Alan Argyll had implied in the shock of his loss.

Havilland and Mary both took their own lives, or Toby Argyll tried to kill Mary and fell in himself.

Toby sent off her friends with a tube of Bacitracin, a box of bandages, and her blessing.

She checked the accounts now kept by a relative of Toby Metta employed by Tyndall, and dealt with Monsieur Barat directly in Perth.

A starving man, however, little heeds conventional proprieties, especially on a South-Sea Island, and accordingly Toby and I partook of the dish after our own clumsy fashion, beplastering our faces all over with the glutinous compound, and daubing our hands nearly to the wrist.

Toby and Flynn walked up and down outside the Daker farmhouse, getting the cramps out of their backs and legs.

Toby and Flynn were finally able to stand up straight without wincing, the Dakers led them into the farmhouse kitchen and sat them down at the table.

They were called Clumsy, Trowneer, Phoebe, Colle, Gerland, Talbot, Luath, Luffra, Apollon, Orthros, Bran, Gelert, Bounce, Boy, Lion, Bungey, Toby and Diamond.

Clumsy, Trowneer, Phoebe, Colle, Gerland, Talbot, Luath, Luffra, Apollon, Orthros, Bran, Gelert, Bounce, Boy, Lion, Bungey, Toby, Diamond and Cavall were not pet dogs: they were the Forest Sauvage Hounds, no subscription, two days a week, huntsman the master.

Gayle and Toby followed after the thunder godling, sticking close so as not to lose him in the treacherous fog.

Toby Harkins was himself involved in the actual heist and if he is currently aware of the whereabouts of the eleven paintings and two artifacts stolen from the museum by two bandits dressed as Boston police officers.