Definitions

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  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

Etymologies

From Dobb, a medieval short form of the given name Robert + diminutive suffix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Why was he called Dobbin, except to make him ridiculous?

    Thackeray

  • She runs a small papermaking studio called Dobbin Mill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she grows plants, presses them into paper, binds the books and then inscribes the text.

    The Art of the Book

  • Presumably neither of the sources had the last name Dobbin or Cleary.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Out came the cumbersome old yellow chariot again, and in this and a chaise drawn by an ugly beast called Dobbin, the family, with Colonel

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • Half the Lotharios of modern drama belong to the destructive profession, and the peppery or tedious colonel is an old stock friend; whilst the "Dobbin" type is handled very frequently, and the V.C. has been bestowed more often by dramatists than by royalty.

    Our Stage and Its Critics By "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"

  • Nevers, no doubt, was also a member, and he believed him to be the "Dobbin" of the party that had whipped him.

    In School and Out or, The Conquest of Richard Grant.

  • "Dobbin" of the party that had assaulted him, he could not prove it and he was disposed to give him a fair chance, so that neither he nor his friends should have any good ground for complaint.

    In School and Out or, The Conquest of Richard Grant.

  • However, Mr. Dobbin said there are uncertainties surrounding a potential deal, including the attitude of shareholders of both companies and the reaction of regulators.

    LSE in Talks With LCH.Clearnet

  • Mr. Dobbin said the LSE may employ the same structure it used in acquiring its erstwhile competitor Turquoise.

    LSE in Talks With LCH.Clearnet

  • Execution Noble analyst Phil Dobbin said LCH.Clearnet could be a good fit for the LSE, noting that the LSE has said previously that it wanted to strengthen its post-trade business.

    LSE in Talks With LCH.Clearnet

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