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Princeton's WordNet

  1. British shilling, shilling, bob(noun)

    a former monetary unit in Great Britain

  2. bob(noun)

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

  3. bobsled, bobsleigh, bob(noun)

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

  4. bob(noun)

    a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string

  5. bob, bobber, cork, bobfloat(noun)

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

  6. bobtail, bob, dock(noun)

    a short or shortened tail of certain animals

  7. bob(verb)

    a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)

    "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"

  8. bob(verb)

    move up and down repeatedly

    "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"

  9. bobsled, bob(verb)

    ride a bobsled

    "The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure"

  10. dock, tail, bob(verb)

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  11. curtsy, bob(verb)

    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. bob(verb)

    cut hair in the style of a bob

    "Bernice bobs her hair these days!"


  1. bob(Noun)

    A bobbing motion.

  2. bob(Noun)

    A bobber.

  3. bob

    A curtsy.

  4. bob(Verb)

    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. bob(Verb)

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

  6. bob

    To curtsy.

  7. bob(Noun)

    A bob haircut.

  8. bob(Noun)

    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. bob(Verb)

    To cut (hair) into a bob haircut.

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

  13. bob(Verb)

    To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop

  14. bob

    Short form of bobsleigh

  15. bob(Noun)

    A shilling.

  16. bob(Noun)

    An unspecified amount of money.

  17. bob(Noun)

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

  18. Bob(ProperNoun)


  19. Bob(ProperNoun)

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bob(noun)

    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. Bob(noun)

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

  3. Bob(noun)

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

  4. Bob(noun)

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

  5. Bob(noun)

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

  6. Bob(noun)

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

  7. Bob(noun)

    a working beam

  8. Bob(noun)

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

  9. Bob(noun)

    a peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells

  10. Bob(noun)

    the refrain of a song

  11. Bob(noun)

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

  12. Bob(noun)

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

  13. Bob(noun)

    a shilling

  14. Bob(noun)

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

  15. Bob(noun)

    to strike with a quick, light blow; to tap

  16. Bob(noun)

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

  17. Bob(noun)

    to mock or delude; to cheat

  18. Bob(noun)

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

  19. Bob(verb)

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

  20. Bob(verb)

    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.

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Ben-Veniste:

    Bob Mueller's attributes are legion.

  2. Hermann Hesse:

    Bob is just my name, Bobby is my job.

  3. Josh Duggar , now 27:

    They hadn't even known Jim Bob Duggar had done it.

  4. English Proverb:

    Every train track is different......Jum bob was here

  5. Ann Dowling:

    All are agreed that this has been a very good year for Bob and the team.

Images & Illustrations of bob

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Translations for bob

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تمايلArabic
  • клатя се, подскачам, подстригвам късо, припев, подскачане, подрязана опашкаBulgarian
  • BobGerman
  • ballotterFrench
  • pesoItalian
  • בובHebrew
  • BobLatin
  • mārangarangaMāori
  • wiegen, golven, deinenDutch
  • bobRomanian
  • по́лоз, вы́нырнуть, рефре́н, подска́кивание, карэ́, подпры́гнуть, подпры́гивать, [[купи́рованный]] [[хвост]], подскочи́ть, подпры́гивание, отве́с, подска́кивать, выны́ривать, припе́в, кача́тьсяRussian
  • guppaSwedish

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