American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To associate familiarly: hobnobs with the executives.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Take or not take: a familiar invitation to drinking.
- At random; come what will.
- Also written hob-a-nob, hob-and-nob, hob-or-nob.
- To drink together; hence, to talk familiarly or socially. Also hob-a-nob, hob-and-nob, hob-or-nob.
- n. An informal chat.
- v. To associate in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status.
- v. To drink together.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Have or have not; -- a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking.
- adv. At random; hit or miss. (Obs.)
- v. To drink familiarly (with another).
- v. To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.
- n. Familiar, social intercourse.
- v. rub elbows with
- (1595–1605) From Old English habban ("have") and nabban ("not have"), thus “have or have not”. (Wiktionary)
- From the phrase (drink) hob or nob, (toast) one another alternately, from obsolete and dialectal hab nab, have or have not : probably Middle English habbe, have; see have + Middle English nabbe (contraction of ne habbe, have not : Old English ne, not; see not + habbe, have). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(The nature of the social ceremony named the "hobnob" is not now understood, but it is known that it was a sign of amity and favor.)”
“Every three years, ANF members hobnob with other noble associations from around Europe at a convention organized by the Commission of Information and Liaison of the Noble Associations of Europe.”
“Mr. Silver, a 67-year-old Manhattan attorney, had flown down to Puerto Rico to hobnob with lawmakers at the annual political conference, Somos El Futuro.”
“The French once again showed that they would rather hobnob and vacation with dictators than support democrats in the Arab world.”
“Bishops hobnob with the rich and powerful so they have no concept of what is happening with the middle and poor classes.”
“Husain's bare feet always symbolized his connection to the people of his country and kept him grounded in its ethos, even as he rose from his very humble origins to hobnob with the rich and powerful," said photographer Ram Rahman, in New York, whose parents were friends of the artist.”
“Order a thimble of strong, raki-spiked elliniki coffee and hobnob with black-shirted shepherds listening to Cretan music on Radio Kriti FM at the kafeneion in the central square, then pay a call at the corner house, cluttered with memorabilia, where sweet-voiced Nikos Xylouris grew up.”
“In one of her wittiest pieces, three gorgeously entangled clay figures hobnob.”
“The media elite or "brancha" roll out of bed to sandwich kiosks on leafy Rothschild Boulevard and hobnob over dinner at trendy Italian restaurant Cantina.”
“This week, former Vice President Dick Cheney has come to New York to hobnob with members of the financial elite at the Rodman and Renshaw Annual Global Investors Conference and chat with the hosts of "The View.”
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