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a short, jerky motion:
a bob of the head.
to move quickly down and up:
to bob the head.
to indicate with such a motion:
to bob a greeting.
to make a jerky motion with the head or body.
to move about with jerky, usually rising and falling motions:
The ball bobbed upon the waves.
bob up, to emerge or appear, especially unexpectedly:
A familiar face bobbed up in the crowd.
a style of short haircut for women and children.
a docked horse’s tail.
a dangling or terminal object, as the weight on a pendulum or a plumb line.
a short, simple line in a verse or song, especially a short refrain or coda.

a knot of worms, rags, etc., on a string.
a float for a fishing line.

a bobsled or bob skate.
Scot. a bunch, cluster, or wad, especially a small bouquet of flowers.
Obsolete, walking beam.
to cut short; dock:
They bobbed their hair to be in style.
to try to snatch floating or dangling objects with the teeth:
to bob for apples.
Angling. to fish with a bob.
a tap; light blow.
a polishing wheel of leather, felt, or the like.
to tap; strike lightly.
Contemporary Examples

The Oprah School on Trial Gretchen L. Wilson October 26, 2008
Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Three: The Defense Gets Steamrolled Diane Dimond June 13, 2012
Miss Piggy Dishes on Muppets Movie, Kermit, Ernie and Bert Rumors Ramin Setoodeh November 21, 2011
‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch’ Kevin Fallon March 26, 2014
The Day the Sea Ran Red: The Battle of Sluys Dan Jones May 5, 2013

Historical Examples

Diana Tempest, Volume III (of 3) Mary Cholmondeley
A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge
The Little Girl Lost Eleanor Raper
Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies Alice B. Emerson
The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon James Carson

verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
to move or cause to move up and down repeatedly, as while floating in water
to move or cause to move with a short abrupt movement, as of the head
to make (a bow or curtsy): the little girl bobbed before the visitor
(intransitive) usually foll by up. to appear or emerge suddenly
(intransitive; foll by under, below, etc) to disappear suddenly, as beneath a surface
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to attempt to get hold (of a floating or hanging object, esp an apple) in the teeth as a game
a short abrupt movement, as of the head
a quick curtsy or bow
(bell-ringing) a particular set of changes

short for bobfloat
the topmost fly on a cast of three, often fished bobbing at the surface
this position on a wet-fly cast

a hairstyle for women and children in which the hair is cut short evenly all round the head
a dangling or hanging object, such as the weight on a pendulum or on a plumb line
a polishing disc on a rotating spindle. It is usually made of felt, leather, etc, impregnated with an abrasive material
short for bob skate, bobsleigh
a runner or pair of runners on a bobsled
(angling) a small knot of worms, maggots, etc, used as bait
a very short line of verse at the end of a stanza or preceding a rhyming quatrain (the wheel) at the end of a stanza
a refrain or burden with such a short line or lines
a docked tail, esp of a horse
(Brit, dialect) a hanging cluster, as of flowers or ribbons
verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
(transitive) to cut (the hair) in a bob
(transitive) to cut short (something, esp the tail of an animal); dock or crop
(intransitive) to ride on a bobsled
verb bobs, bobbing, bobbed
to tap or cause to tap or knock lightly (against)
a light knock; tap
noun (pl) bob
(Brit) (formerly) an informal word for a shilling (sense 1)
(slang) Bob’s your uncle, everything is or will turn out all right
best of breed
Bureau of the Budget


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