Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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    August 24, 2008

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    August 21, 2008

  • Also a delicious biscuit; an especially delicious biscuit, come to that, and, dare I say it, King of biscuits.

    August 21, 2008

  • "Hobnobbing with our social betters can be a hit-or-miss proposition, a fact that has an etymological justification. The verb hobnob originally meant “to drink together�? and occurred as a varying phrase, hob or nob, hob-a-nob, or hob and nob, the first of which is recorded in 1763. This phrasal form reflects the origins of the verb in similar phrases that were used when two people toasted each other. The phrases were probably so used because hob is a variant of hab and nob of nab, which are probably forms of have and its negative. In Middle English, for example, one finds the forms habbe, “to have,�? and nabbe, “not to have.�? Hab or nab, or simply hab nab, thus meant “get or lose, hit or miss,�? and the variant hob-nob also meant “hit or miss.�? Used in the drinking phrase, hob or nob probably meant “give or take�?; from a drinking situation hob nob spread to other forms of chumminess."

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    March 7, 2008

  • socialize

    December 23, 2007