American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mechanical part in a loom that controls the harnesses so as to permit weaving of small geometric figures.
- n. A small geometric figure woven into fabric.
- n. A fabric with such figures.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fool; a childish old man.
- n. A sprite or apparition.
- n. Same as dobby-machine.
- n. A device in some looms that allows the weaving of small, geometric patterns
- n. The patterns so woven, or the fabric containing the patterns
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Weaving) An apparatus resembling a Jacquard for weaving small figures (usually about 12 - 16 threads, seldom more than 36 - 40 threads).
- Perhaps from Dobbie, diminutive of Dob, alteration of Rob, nickname for Robert. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Dickinson, Burnley, showed Catlow's patent dobby, which is illustrated above, as applied to a strong calico loom.”
“I love little dobby, but I guess hes a bit of a freaky little troll.”
“Pritchard's dobby loom is a large, foot-operated, wooden contraption.”
“Makes you feel real dobby, that does," said Pete.”
“HusseinTenaX in reply to a comment from robby dobby”
“Who's the midget in the chair? clickofalight if i answered you, i might cry thinking of poor dobby...”
“If anyone has any wisdom pertaining to the successful sewing with and dying of bamboo dobby fabric, please leave a comment.”
“THE QUEEN IS A WONDERFUL WOMAN but truth be told, I ` m not so sure about dobby Price Charles who likes to mutter greenly from his fleet of Jags.”
“BTW, dobby, toejam an oddity was moas worried wen got home, discovered only 1 can uf gushifood left…wow, hubby was really sick!”
“May 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm iz dat da sok HP gib Dobby? dobby iz gud elf! it nawt matirz if sok iz smel.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘dobby’.
Turned this up on etymonline.com (link). It's amazing.
1937, coined in the fantasy tales of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
On a blank leaf I scrawled: 'In a hole...
HEE OK LETS DO IT! I'm v.v. excited! (with thanks to whichbe, Lampbane, bilby, effigy, frogapplause, and fredrx!)
Names of 'the Devil himself, the devils his "flaming ministers", household goblins, rural demons, bogles, sprites, and fairies of all kinds' mentioned in Charles P.G. Scott's 'The Devil and His Imp...
Words that relate to, or come from, the weaving trade.
Gorgeousness and Gorgeosity made flesh- downright horrorshow selections of vocabulary from Nadsat, the Russian-influenced slang of the raping and face-stomping delinquents of Burgess's A Clockwork ...
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
types of fabric
Nomen est omen?
All of the animals and humanoid creatures that didn't quite make it onto my other Characters List.
Looking for tweets for dobby.