Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) a former monetary unit in Great Britain
  2. (noun, body) a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
  3. (noun, artifact) a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
  4. (noun, artifact) a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
  5. (noun, artifact) a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
  6. (noun, animal) a short or shortened tail of certain animals
  7. (noun, act) a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)
  8. (verb, motion) move up and down repeatedly
  9. (verb, motion) ride a bobsled
  10. (verb, contact) remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  11. (verb, communication) make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
  12. (verb, body) cut hair in the style of a bob

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bob

  1. "short, jerking motion," late 14c., probably connected to M.E. bobben "to strike, beat" (late 13c.), perhaps of echoic origin. Another early sense was "to make a fool of, cheat" (early 14c.). As a slang word for "shilling" it is attested from 1789, but the signification is unknown. more
  2. "short hair," 1680s, attested 1570s in sense of "a horse's tail cut short," from earlier bobbe "cluster" (as of leaves), mid-14c., a northern word, perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Ir. baban "tassel, cluster," Gael. babag). Used over the years in various senses connected by the notion of "round, hanging mass," e.g. the meaning "weight at the end of a line" (16… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Bob

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