Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A police officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A police officer.
  • n. A railway signaller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nickname for a British policeman; -- from Sir Robert Peel, who remodeled the police force. See peeler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A policeman: a nickname first given to the members of the police force established under Sir Robert Peel's act (passed in 1829) for improving the police in and near London.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal term for a British policeman

Etymologies

After Sir Robert Peel, home secretary of England when the Metropolitan Police Force was created in 1829.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the given name of Sir Robert Peel, who established London's police force. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NEWTON (voice-over): This is what we call the bobby cam, from the drunken brawl that's broken up to all the arrests that follow.

    CNN Transcript Aug 27, 2007

  • NEWTON (voice over): This is what we call the bobby cam.

    CNN Transcript Aug 27, 2007

  • 2: 49 PM your faith in bobby is founded in what? seriously, what? has any move he has made post election given you any faith that meaningful change will come?

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • 12: 29 PM mominem: good catch mac: "your faith in bobby is founded in what?"

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Let me re write the PSU thing above in bobby speak

    ‘Banned Phrases’ Part I « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Band standing because you think bobby is overreaching his authority or stigmatizing others will not stop lawless underclass types “stickin it in” others on da streets.

    Knife Crime Spin. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • You know very well indeed that bobby is seeking to differentiate between sensible members of the public and criminally irresponsible sections of society.

    Knife Crime Spin. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Quickly she glanced down at herself, still not accustomed to this fancy getup she wore, including what Englishers called bobby socks and saddle shoes.

    Covenant

  • This illogical logic is really quite enjoyable sometimes, especially with Whack-a-Troll. everytime i see wasserman-shultz on the news programs i want to proposed marriage to her. the way she called bobby swindal out last night on countdown was classic. eyeball roll and all. tombaker Says:

    Think Progress

  • I don’t understand, said the chief – a few hours ago everybody was having fun issuing tickets and how come this bobby is the only person left?

    The Single Measure Of Public Confidence « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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