from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To associate familiarly: hobnobs with the executives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An informal chat.
- v. To associate in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status.
- v. To drink together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Have or have not; -- a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking.
- adv. At random; hit or miss. (Obs.)
- intransitive v. To drink familiarly (with another).
- intransitive v. To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.
- n. Familiar, social intercourse.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rub elbows with
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)
(1595–1605) From Old English habban ("have") and nabban ("not have"), thus “have or have not”. (Wiktionary)