Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To hit, throw, or propel in a high arc: lob a beach ball; lob a tennis shot over an opponent's head.
  • intransitive v. To hit a ball in a high arc.
  • intransitive v. To move heavily or clumsily.
  • n. A ball hit, thrown, or propelled in a high arc.
  • n. Slang A clumsy dull person; a lout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch.
  • v. To throw.
  • v. To put, place
  • v. To hit, kick, or throw a ball over another player in a game.
  • n. A pass or stroke which arches high into the air.
  • n. a lump
  • n. a country bumpkin, clown
  • n. A fish, the European pollock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dull, heavy person.
  • n. Something thick and heavy.
  • transitive v. To let fall heavily or lazily.
  • transitive v. to propel (relatively slowly) in a high arcing trajectory.
  • transitive v. See cob, v. t.
  • n. The European pollock.
  • n. The act of lobbing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dull, sluggish person; a lout.
  • n. The last person in a race.
  • n. Something thick and lumpish; a lump.
  • n. A thick, soft mixture. See the quotation, and compare loblolly.
  • n. A lobworm.
  • n. The pollack.
  • n. The coalfish.
  • n. [⟨ lob, verb] In cricket, a low slow ball.
  • n. In lawn-tennis, a play by which one of the contestants knocks the ball over the head of his opponent into the back part of the court.
  • n. Lob Lie-by-the-fire—the Lubber-flend, as Milton calls him—is a rough kind of Brownie or House Elf, supposed to haunt some north-country homesteads, where he does the work of the farm-labourers, for no grander wages than “—to earn his cream-bowl duly set.”
  • To throw (a lump or ball, etc.); toss gently or with a slow movement; specifically, in lawn-tennis, to strike (the ball) over the head of one's opponent into the back part of the court.
  • To kick.
  • To be tossed with a slow movement, as a cricket-ball or a shot.
  • To hang down; drop or droop.
  • To hang wearily or languidly; allow to drop or droop.
  • In milling, to break (ore, etc.) into pieces with a hammer for sorting.

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

  • n. an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc
  • n. the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc
  • v. propel in a high arc

Etymologies

From Middle English, pollack, lout, probably of Low German origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Danish lubbe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • One of my favorite scientific papers that I read while in graduate school was on the estimation of trunk volume of loblolly pines based only on serial measurements of tree circumference. An important topic if you care about forestry inventory management, apparently.

    Or if you are a woodworm.

    Mmmm. Loblolly pines.

    March 23, 2011

  • "10. Lob Lie-by-the-fire—the Lubber-flend, as Milton calls him—is a rough kind of Brownie or House Elf, supposed to haunt some north-country homesteads, where he does the work of the farm-labourers, for no grander wages than “—to earn his cream-bowl duly set.”"

    --Century Dictionary

    March 23, 2011

  • lolly

    June 26, 2008