from The Century Dictionary.
- To strike; beat.
- To jog; shake; nudge.
- To cause a short jerky motion of; effect by a short jerking movement: as, “he bobbed his head,”
- To cut short; dock: often with off: as, to
bobor bob off a horse's tail.
- To act jerkily, or by short quick motions; move or play loosely, in a swaying or vibrating manner: as, to
bobagainst a person; to bob up and down, or back and forth, as a pith-ball or other object, or a person.
- To make a jerky bow or obeisance.
- To dance.
- To angle or fish with a bob, as for eels, or by giving the hook a jerking motion in the water.
- noun A shake or jog; a blow: as, “pinches, nips, and bobs,” Ascham, The Scholemaster.
- noun A taunt; a jeer or flout; a trick.
- noun A louse; any small insect.
- To mock; deride; insult.
- To deceive; delude; cheat.
- To gain by fraud or cheating.
- noun A piece of clay placed beneath a vessel in a kiln. An old English name for bat, 13 .
- To transport (a load, as of logs) on a bob or sled.
- noun A bunch; a cluster; a nosegay.
- noun The seed-vessel of flax, hops, etc.
- noun Any small round object swinging or playing loosely at the end of a cord, line, flexible chain, wire, rod, or the like. Specifically— A little pendant or ornament so attached; an ear-drop.
- noun The ball or weight at the end of a pendulum, plumbline, and the like.
- noun The movable weight on the graduated arm of a steelyard.
- noun A knot of worms, rags, or other lures, fixed to a string, with or without a hook, and used in angling.
- noun Formerly, a grub or larva of a beetle used for bait.
- noun A gang of fish-hooks.
- noun A float or cork for a fish-line.
- noun A small wheel made entirely of a thick piece of bull-neck or sea-cow leather, perforated for the reception of the spindle, used for polishing the inside of the bowls of spoons and the concave portions of other articles.
- noun The words repeated at the end of a stanza; the burden of a song.
- noun A short jerking action or motion: as, a bob of the head.
- noun In change-ringing, a set of changes which may be rung on 6, 8, 10, or 12 bells.
- noun A triangular or four-sided frame of iron or wood, vibrating on an axis, by the aid of which the motion of the connecting-rod of an engine is communicated to a pump-rod, the former being usually horizontal, the latter vertical or considerably inclined.
- noun A dance.
- noun A particular kind of wig; a bob-wig.
- noun A shilling. Formerly
- noun An infantry soldier: as, the light bobs: possibly so called because soldiers were enlisted in England with a shilling.
- noun A seat mounted on short runners, used either for pleasure coasting or for the conveyance of loads over ice or snow; a sled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything.
- intransitive verb To angle with a bob. See
Bob, n., 2 & 3.
- intransitive verb to attempt to bite or seize with the mouth an apple, cherry, or other round fruit, while it is swinging from a string or floating in a tug of water.
- transitive verb To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob.
- transitive verb To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.
- transitive verb To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch.
- transitive verb To mock or delude; to cheat.
- transitive verb To cut short.
- noun Anything that hangs so as to play loosely, or with a short abrupt motion, as at the end of a string; a pendant.
- noun A knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait.
- noun A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
- noun The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
- noun A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
- noun A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I called up bob dole on his 80th birthday and I said, "Bob, how do you feel?"
So while I do know BOB from Canada, probably not the same Bob as you know, from Canada.
She calls seats and chairs 'sit-downs' so we now have her wailing 'Nonononono Jean's sit-down, no mummy's sit-down!' followed by the hurlling of her wackwack bob the duck, once she has realised that Bob is now out of reach we get, 'MY wack wack, My wack wack, wrong sit down!'
DAVID WOODRUFF, BOB WOODRUFF'S BROTHER: The transfer that Bob made from Landstuhl was very successful.
BOB BURNS, AVERAGE AMERICAN: He looked at me, he said, "Bob?"
KING: Let's start this one with bob Woodward -- Bob.
BOB KNIGHT, COACH AND AUTHOR: You know, Bob and I first talked about it, Larry, way back in the late 70's, after we'd won an NCAA Tournament Championship.
BOB GRANT, TALK RADIO HOST: I don't think it will do either, Bob.
BOB PARKS, "WIRED" MAGAZINE: Bob's future begins at about 6: 45 A.M. and Bob is kind of mad because he usually gets up at 7: 15 and likes to cut it close with his morning commute.
(Firmly, as if a little nervous of a scene from BOB) My dear Bob, you're as right as anything.