Habnab Hab"nab (h[a^]b"n[a^]b), adv. [{Hobnob}.] By chance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • habnab — hab·nab …   English syllables

  • habnab — ˈ(h)abˌnab adverb also hab or nab ˈ(h)abə(r)ˈnab Etymology: from (assumed) Middle English dialect habbe nabbe, habbe or nabbe whether he (she, I) has ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hobnob — Hob nob , adv. [AS. habban to have + habban to have not; ne not + habban to have. See {Have}, and cf. {Habnab}.] 1. Have or have not; a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. At random; hit or miss. (Obs.) Holinshed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hobnob — hob|nob [ˈhɔbnɔb US ˈha:bna:b] v past tense and past participle hobnobbed present participle hobnobbing [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: drink hobnob [i] to take turns in drinking (18 19 centuries), from habnab in one way or another (16 19 centuries),… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hobnob — [häb′näb΄] adv. [earlier habnab, lit., to have and not have < ME habben, to have + nabben (< ne habben), not to have, esp. with reference to alternation in drinking] Now Rare at random vi. hobnobbed, hobnobbing 1. Now Rare to drink together …   English World dictionary

  • hob and nob — I. |häbə(n)|näb interjection Etymology: probably alteration of earlier hob or nob, alteration of hab or nab more at habnab archaic used as an informal toast in convivial drinking II. adverb (or adjective) also …   Useful english dictionary

  • hab or nab — adverb see habnab * * * hab nab, hab or nab see hab …   Useful english dictionary

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