Definitions

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

  • n. A horse, especially a working farm horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old jaded horse.
  • n. Sea gravel mixed with sand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old jaded horse.
  • n. Sea gravel mixed with sand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common English name for a work-horse.

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

  • n. a quiet plodding workhorse

Etymologies

From Dobbin, alteration of Robin, nickname for Robert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He's not where near a laidback 'dobbin' and you still have to ride quietly (he'll never be suitable for a novice for that reason - he takes everything literally) but he's not verging on dangerous anymore.

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  • “Does he live there?” asks the black bonnet of the gray coat; and the hard-featured farmer reins up his grateful dobbin to inquire what you are doing where he sees no manure in the furrow, and recommends a little chip dirt, or any little waste stuff, or it may be ashes or plaster.

    Walden

  • The tale of how He coming unexpectedly home found Him with Her was then put through its paces with such skilful jockeying that not one in ten would know it for the same dobbin so lately brought limping to the light.

    The Henchman

  • Well, sah, if you'll b'lieve me, he jes 'shuck his head, dat painter did, en went on a-dobbin'.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

  • An 'if you'll b'lieve it, she won't talk picters nor make any sence she got back -- only, jest after she got back, she said she didn't see any use o' her goin 'on dobbin' good canvas up with good paint, an 'makin' nothin 'but poor picters; an' she cried some ....

    Aladdin & Co. A Romance of Yankee Magic

  • The meal was put in the wagon, the horse unhitched, the wagon mounted, the goad picked up and a thrust made, but dobbin was in no hurry.

    A Study Of Hawthorne

  • "Does he live there?" asks the black bonnet of the gray coat; and the hard-featured farmer reins up his grateful dobbin to inquire what you are doing where he sees no manure in the furrow, and recommends a little chip dirt, or any little waste stuff, or it may be ashes or plaster.

    Walden~ Chapter 07 (historical)

  • It seems Stateside audiences have fallen for the story of Albert the Devon farmboy who goes searching for his beloved dobbin, Joey, on the battlefields of the first world war every bit as fervently as we Brits - and none more so than

    The Guardian World News

  • Foreigners browsing Italian shops for baby food can be startled to find jars bearing the picture of a noble chestnut dobbin.

    The Guardian World News

  • She is a madam though, I was sat on her after the first round, she was stood like a complete dobbin, when she started to get very excited stamping both her front feet on the ground.

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  • According to time-honored rules
    Some workers are known by their tools:
    The seamstress her bobbin
    The plowman his dobbin
    And kings by admiring fools.

    January 31, 2014