Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hearty; in good spirits and condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Low, Eng. Hearty; in good spirits.

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  • adjective UK, slang, dated hearty; in good spirits

Etymologies

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bob +‎ -ish

Examples

  • Stephen did not know exactly what was meant by "bobbish," but replied that he was quite well, and sorry he had trodden on Mr Cripps's toes.

    The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's A School Story

  • What between helping to spoil Bismarck's digestion and whiling away the golden afternoons with Caprice (for we'd abandoned our nocturnal meetings, and I was collecting her reports in the mornings) I was in pretty bobbish form, and took to promenading about the town in search of amusement.

    Watershed

  • He spent the hours of travel in coining caustic remonstrances against being treated in the way he had been, but when he arrived and found her having tea in the hotel drawing-room looking quite fresh and young, he decided to postpone them, and all he said was: “Well, Fanny, you look quite bobbish.”

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • What between helping to spoil Bismarck's digestion and whiling away the golden afternoons with Caprice (for we'd abandoned our nocturnal meetings, and I was collecting her reports in the mornings) I was in pretty bobbish form, and took to promenading about the town in search of amusement.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • The business of sitting back like a sultan, buying all the silks and satins in sight and gallantly chaffing Madame Threadneedle, had put me in excellent fettle, but as the afternoon wore away I began to feel less bobbish.

    Flash For Freedom

  • The business of sitting back like a sultan, buying all the silks and satins in sight and gallantly chaffing Madame Threadneedle, had put me in excellent fettle, but as the afternoon wore away I began to feel less bobbish.

    Flash For Freedom

  • "Pretty bobbish, thanks, Brady," was the answer, and it told that Toppin was himself again.

    Jack of Both Sides The Story of a School War

  • Having a specimen of the new shilling in his pocket he himself was feeling particularly bobbish, and could not understand the gloomy vaticinations of Lord BUCKMASTER and Lord

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-03-31

  • "And 'ow might be your general' ealth, young cove?" he went on affably, "bobbish, I 'ope -- fair an' bobbish?"

    The Broad Highway

  • I see as you're a cove as takes things nice an 'quiet, an' -- so long as you do -- I'm your friend -- Bob's my name, an 'bobbish is my natur'.

    The Broad Highway

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