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1 a former monetary unit in Great Britain [syn: British shilling, shilling]
2 a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
3 a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism [syn: bobsled, bobsleigh]
4 a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
5 a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line [syn: bobber, cork, bobfloat]
6 a short or shortened tail of certain animals [syn: bobtail, dock]
7 a short abrupt inclination (as of the head); "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"


1 move up and down repeatedly; "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"
2 ride a bobsled; "The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure" [syn: bobsled]
3 remove or shorten the tail of an animal [syn: dock, tail]
4 make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect; "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's hand" [syn: curtsy]
5 cut hair in the style of a bob; "Bernice bobs her hair these days!" [also: bobbing, bobbed]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1


  1. To move gently and vertically, in either a single motion or repeatedly up and down, at or near the surface of a body of water.
    The cork bobbed gently in the calm water.
    The ball, which we had thought lost, suddenly bobbed up out of the water.
  2. To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water.
    I bobbed my head under water and saw the goldfish.
    bob one's head (= to nod)
  3. To curtsy.
move vertically at surface of water
move (something) as though it were bobbing in water


  1. A bobbing motion.
  2. A bobber.
  3. A curtsy.
bobbing motion

Etymology 2


  1. A bob haircut.
  2. The dangling mass of a pendulum or plumb line.
  3. The docked tail of a horse.
  4. A short line ending a stanza of a poem.
  5. The short runner of a sled.


  1. To cut (hair) into a bob haircut.
    I got my hair bobbed. How do you like it?
  2. To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop
  3. Short form of bobsleigh
cut into a bob haircut

Etymology 3


  1. A shilling.
    Beer’s gone up two bob a pint.
  2. An unspecified amount of money.
    Spot me a few bob, Robert.
Usage notes
The use of bob for shilling is dated slang in the UK and Australia, since decimalisation. In East African countries where the currency is the shilling, it is current usage, and not considered slang. OED gives first usage as 1812. TENTATIVE suggestion that on joining the army (colloquially 'taking the King's shilling') the new recruit's hair was bobbed

Etymology 4


  1. abbreviation of shishkabob







From bob.


  1. A type of bean.
  2. Any seed, pit, stone, berry.






  1. all, every, each


cy-mut-p ob

Extensive Definition

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