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Princeton's WordNet

  1. British shilling, shilling, bobnoun

    a former monetary unit in Great Britain

  2. bobnoun

    a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around

  3. bobsled, bobsleigh, bobnoun

    a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism

  4. bobnoun

    a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string

  5. bob, bobber, cork, bobfloatnoun

    a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line

  6. bobtail, bob, docknoun

    a short or shortened tail of certain animals

  7. bobverb

    a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)

    "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"

  8. bobverb

    move up and down repeatedly

    "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"

  9. bobsled, bobverb

    ride a bobsled

    "The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure"

  10. dock, tail, bobverb

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  11. curtsy, bobverb

    make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect

    "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's hand"

  12. bobverb

    cut hair in the style of a bob

    "Bernice bobs her hair these days!"


  1. bobnoun

    A bobbing motion.

  2. bobnoun

    A bobber.

  3. bob

    A curtsy.

  4. bobverb

    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.

  5. bobverb

    To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water.

  6. bob

    To curtsy.

  7. bobnoun

    A bob haircut.

  8. bobnoun

    The dangling mass of a pendulum or plumb line.

  9. bob

    The docked tail of a horse.

  10. bob

    A short line ending a stanza of a poem.

  11. bob

    The short runner of a sled.

  12. bobverb

    To cut (hair) into a bob haircut.

    I got my hair bobbed. How do you like it?

  13. bobverb

    To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop

  14. bob

    Short form of bobsleigh

  15. bobnoun

    A shilling.

  16. bobnoun

    An unspecified amount of money.

  17. bobnoun

    A graphical element, resembling a hardware sprite, that can be blitted around the screen in large numbers.

  18. Bobnoun

    In various fields such as cryptography and physics, a conventional name for the person or system that receives a message from another person or system conventionally known as Alice.

  19. Bobnoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Robert.

  20. Etymology: fortuitously spelling out the male given name Bob in the case of the humorous colloquial definition.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bobnoun

    Etymology: from the verb neuter.

    The gaudy gossip, when she’s set agog,
    In jewels drest, and at each ear a bob. John Dryden, Juv. sat. vi.

    To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song. Roger L'Estrange.

    I am sharply taunted, yea, sometimes with pinches, nips, and bobs. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

  2. To BOBverb

    1.To cut. Franciscus Junius.

    Etymology: of uncertain etymology; Stephen Skinner deduces it from bobo, foolish, Span.

    Those bastard Britons, whom our fathers
    Have in their own land beaten, bobb’d, and thump’d. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    I have bobbed his brain more than he has beat my bones. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Live, Rodorigo!
    He calls me to a restitution large,
    Of gold and jewels, that I bobb’d, from him,
    As gifts to Desdemona. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Here we have been worrying one another, who should have the booty, till this cursed fox has bobbed us both on’t. Roger L'Estrange.

  3. To Bobverb

    To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing.

    And sometimes lurk I in a gossip’s bowl,
    In very likeness of a roasted crab;
    And when she drinks, against her lips I bob,
    And on her wither’d dewlap pour the ale. Midsum. N. Dr.

    They comb, and then they order ev’ry hair;
    A birthday jewel bobbing at their ear. John Dryden, Persius, sat. i.

    You may tell her,
    I’m rich in jewels, rings, and bobbing pearls,
    Pluck’d from Moors ears. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.


  1. bob

    A bob is often used to refer to a particular style of haircut which is typically short and straight, cut evenly around the head at about jaw-level, with bangs at the front. It can also refer to a movable weight used in certain types of clocks and scientific instruments. It can also be a shortened nickname for the name Robert.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bobnoun

    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

  2. Bobnoun

    a knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait

  3. Bobnoun

    a small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float

  4. Bobnoun

    the ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line

  5. Bobnoun

    a small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc

  6. Bobnoun

    a short, jerking motion; act of bobbing; as, a bob of the head

  7. Bobnoun

    a working beam

  8. Bobnoun

    a knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig

  9. Bobnoun

    a peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells

  10. Bobnoun

    the refrain of a song

  11. Bobnoun

    a blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist

  12. Bobnoun

    a jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick

  13. Bobnoun

    a shilling

  14. Bobnoun

    to cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob

  15. Bobnoun

    to strike with a quick, light blow; to tap

  16. Bobnoun

    to cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch

  17. Bobnoun

    to mock or delude; to cheat

  18. Bobnoun

    to cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail

  19. Bobverb

    to have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything

  20. Bobverb

    to angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 & 3

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bob

    bob, v.i. to move quickly up and down, to dangle: to fish with a bob.—v.t. to move in a short, jerking manner:—pr.p. bob′bing; pa.p. bobbed.—n. a short jerking motion: a slight blow: anything that moves with a bob or swing: a pendant: a knot of hair, as in Bob′-wig, one with the ends turned up into short curls: a bunch of lobworms, used in catching eels: any small roundish body: the refrain or burden of a song: a term in bell-ringing—a Bob minor is rung upon six bells; a Bob major on eight; a Bob royal on ten; a Bob maximus on twelve.—adj. Bob′bish, in good spirits.—n. Bob′ble, the movement of water in commotion. [Perh. Celt., Gael. baban, babag.]

  2. Bob

    bob, n. (slang) a shilling. [Hardly the O. Fr. bobe = 1½d.]

  3. Bob

    bob, Bobby, bob′i, n. a shortened familiar form of Robert: a familiar name for a policeman—from Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary at the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1828.—n. Light′-bob, a soldier of the light infantry.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bob

    At Demon Internet, all tech support personnel are called “Bob”. (Female support personnel have an option on “Bobette”). This has nothing to do with Bob the divine drilling-equipment salesman of the Church of the SubGenius. Nor is it acronymized from “Brother Of BOFH”, though all parties agree it could have been. Rather, it was triggered by an unusually large draft of new tech-support people in 1995. It was observed that there would be much duplication of names. To ease the confusion, it was decided that all support techs would henceforth be known as “Bob”, and identity badges were created labelled “Bob 1” and “Bob 2”. (“No, we never got any further” reports a witness).The reason for “Bob” rather than anything else is due to a luser calling and asking to speak to “Bob”, despite the fact that no “Bob” was currently working for Tech Support. Since we all know “the customer is always right”, it was decided that there had to be at least one “Bob” on duty at all times, just in case.This sillyness snowballed inexorably. Shift leaders and managers began to refer to their groups of “bobs”. Whole ranks of support machines were set up (and still exist in the DNS as of 1999) as bob1 through bobN. Then came alt.tech-support.recovery, and it was filled with Demon support personnel. They all referred to themselves, and to others, as “bob”, and after a while it caught on. There is now a Bob Code describing the Bob nature.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bob

    A knot of worms on a string, used in fishing for eels; also colloquially, it means a berth.--Shift your bob, to move about, to dodge, to fish.--Bear a bob, make haste, be brisk.

  2. bob

    The ball or balance-weight of a clock's pendulum; the weight attached to the plumb-line.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOB

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bob is ranked #19223 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bob surname appeared 1,412 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bob.

    43.2% or 611 total occurrences were Black.
    31.8% or 450 total occurrences were White.
    13.6% or 192 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.1% or 59 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.6% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.4% or 49 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bob' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2676

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bob' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1755

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bob in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bob in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bob in a Sentence

  1. Made:

    Ricky I don't know why we don't get a drink ... sittin inside this place. Bobby I promised Chloe we'd come here Ricky She doesn't even know where the hell she is, Bob. She'd have more fun if we were at Bodners. She could play the triva game like she likes it, or the little racing game thing she does. Bobby She's a little girl, little girl's don't like to go to bars. Ricky We had fun, we went to bars when we were kids ... met all the different people, right ...remember Slimmy

  2. Bob Watson:

    Bob Watson has battled health issues since Bob Watson retired as a player in 1984, according to the paper. The former first baseman and outfielder has reportedly battled circulatory issues, hypertension and was successfully treated for prostate cancer. Bob Watson played 21 years in the majors with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. The Yankees ’ 1996 championship made Bob Watson the first African-American general manager to see Bob Watson club win a World Series. Ten months ago, the doctors told me I could have two years or 12. Well now I’ve gotten to the point where every day I ’m still here is a blessing.

  3. Bob Forrester:

    Bob Forrester had Bob Forrester family, which Bob Forrester really loved. But if you look at one thing that tied it all together, it was Bob Forrester sensitivity in Bob Forrester generosity. Bob Forrester knew Bob Forrester was lucky in Bob Forrester life and Bob Forrester just felt it was right to share Bob Forrester good luck.

  4. Brad Hintz:

    When Bob Hurst are having beer with a Goldman partner, and Bob Hurst roll Bob Hurst eyes when he waxes lyrically about the partnership, Bob Hurst have to remember that this is key, Bob Hurst are expected to drop everything as a Goldman employee when there is a deal on deck.


    ziggy marley got the name- ziggy- from the way I used to kick the soccer ball and make it spin in mid air in a curviliner fashion. I was the one who showed his father- bob marley- how this was done. I can show anyone how this is done to prove my point. bob was fascinated by a lot of things I taught him. he was very curious.

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  • تمايلArabic
  • клатя се, подрязана опашка, подскачам, подстригвам късо, подскачане, припевBulgarian
  • BobGerman
  • ballotterFrench
  • pesoItalian
  • בובHebrew
  • ボブJapanese
  • BobLatin
  • mārangarangaMāori
  • deinen, wiegen, golvenDutch
  • bobNorwegian
  • prumoPortuguese
  • bobRomanian
  • отве́с, по́лоз, вы́нырнуть, рефре́н, подска́кивание, карэ́, подпры́гнуть, подпры́гивать, кача́ться, [[купи́рованный]] [[хвост]], подскочи́ть, припе́в, выны́ривать, подпры́гивание, подска́киватьRussian
  • guppaSwedish
  • бобUkrainian
  • באָבYiddish
  • 鲍勃Chinese

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