Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shelf or projection at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping food or utensils warm.
  • n. A tool used for cutting the teeth of machine parts, as of a gearwheel.
  • n. Chiefly British A hobgoblin, sprite, or elf.
  • n. Mischievous behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fairy; a sprite; an elf.
  • n. A countryman; a rustic or yokel.
  • n. A kind of cutting tool, used to cut the teeth of a gear.
  • n. The flat projection or iron shelf at the side of a fire grate, where things are put to be kept warm.
  • n. The top cooking surface on a cooker. It typically comprises several cooking elements (often four), also known as 'rings'.
  • n. A rounded peg used as a target in several games, especially in quoits
  • n. A male ferret.
  • v. To create (a gear) by cutting with a hob.
  • v. To engage in the process of cutting gears with a hob.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hub of a wheel. See Hub.
  • n. The flat projection or iron shelf at the side of a fire grate, where things are put to be kept warm.
  • n. A threaded and fluted hardened steel cutter, resembling a tap, used in a lathe for forming the teeth of screw chasers, worm wheels, etc.
  • n. A peg, pin, or mark used as a target in some games, as an iron pin in quoits; also, a game in which such a target is used.
  • n. A fairy; a sprite; an elf.
  • n. A countryman; a rustic; a clown.
  • n. The male ferret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A round stick, stake, or pin used as a mark to throw at in certain games, as in quoits or the game called hob.
  • n. A boys' game in which halfpence are set on the end of a round stick (the hob), at which something (as a stone) is pitched.
  • n. A hardened threaded steel mandrel for cutting a comb or chasing-tool.
  • n. The nave of a wheel: same as hub, 7.
  • n. A structure inserted in a fireplace to diminish its width, originally introduced when broad open fireplaces were first fitted with grates for the burning of coal; also, the level top of such a structure, forming a space upon which any thing can be set which it is desired to keep hot.
  • n. The shoe of a sledge.
  • n. A countryman; a rustic; an awkward, clownish fellow.
  • n. A sprite; an elf; a hobgoblin.
  • n. A milling-machine cutter used in forming the teeth of worm-gears.
  • n. A master die; a steel punch cut to a certain design, used for making coining-dies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  • n. a hard steel edge tool used to cut gears
  • n. a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm
  • v. cut with a hob
  • n. (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
From Middle English Hob, a nickname for Robert, a nickname for Robert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally an abbreviation of Robin or Robert (see Hob); Robin Goodfellow was a celebrated fairy or domestic spirit. Compare hobgoblin and see robin. (Wiktionary)

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  • You know... I could listen to only less than a minute of that. People talking like that just makes my blood pressure skyrocket. God.

    (Thanks for posting though. Another reason to pray daily nightly that that man doesn't win anything of more consequence than a ping-pong tournament.)

    December 1, 2007

  • Steer, gelding, barrow, wether...

    December 1, 2007

  • Thanks u, enjoyed that!

    December 1, 2007

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    December 1, 2007

  • No no no. You don't get to mention Giuliani and ferrets without having to explain to us colonials what's going on.

    December 1, 2007

  • Haha! And that Rudy ferret radio interview was great! I seriously, seriously hope that man doesn't get anywhere. Incidentally, I have a new Election 2008 list...

    December 1, 2007

  • Uselessness - given that there are specific words for male deer in each year of their lifetime (hint: count the antlers, and yes - I will get to this list eventually), it's a safe bet that the answer to your question is "yes". If it was ever important to make this distinction, in any culture, at any point in history, then you can be sure that English, inclusive to the point of promiscuity, will have borrowed all the relevant vocabulary needed to preserve the distinction.

    December 1, 2007

  • If Rudy Giulani ever becomes president, expect unneutered male ferrets to become an endangered species, as the former cross-dressing mayor's intemperate views on ferrets and ferret-owners are well-documented.

    December 1, 2007

  • Talk about a specific word. Is this like chained_bear's list, where there are a bunch of different words referring to the neutered varieties of different animals?

    December 1, 2007

  • Glad my name's not Harold O'Brien then.

    December 1, 2007

  • also the name for an unneutered male ferret

    December 1, 2007

  • ... lifted the kettle off the hob and set it sideways on the fire.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 4

    December 31, 2006