- 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. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
Or yellow bobs, turned up before the plow, Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enow. --Lauson. [1913 Webster]
8. A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig. [1913 Webster]
A plain brown bob he wore. --Shenstone. [1913 Webster]
10. The refrain of a song. [1913 Webster]
To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]
11. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist. [1913 Webster]
12. A jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick. [1913 Webster]
13. A shilling. [Slang, Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.