bob

To bob is to dip up and down, the way something does when it floats on the surface of water. A lobster buoy bobs in the ocean, marking the spot where a lobsterman's trap is set.

Your friend stands out when her red hat bobs among a crowd of people, and so does a red boat as it bobs on a lake. You might bob your head to indicate agreement or get a short haircut that's also called a bob. The motion bob comes from the Old English bobben, "to strike," while the hair style stems from the earlier bobbe, or "cluster," and first referred a trimmed horse's tail.

Primary Meanings of bob

1.
vn
move up and down repeatedly
a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)
2.
nv
a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
remove or shorten the tail of an animal
3.
nv
a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
ride a bobsled
4.
n
a former monetary unit in Great Britain
5.
n
a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
Full Definitions of bob
1

v move up and down repeatedly

“her rucksack bobbed gently on her back”
Types:
dabble
bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
bob about, bob around
move up and down with no specific path
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect

Synonyms:
curtsy
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

n a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)

“he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement”
Type of:
inclination, inclining
the act of inclining; bending forward
2

n a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around

Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

n a short or shortened tail of certain animals

Synonyms:
bobtail, dock
Type of:
tail
the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

v remove or shorten the tail of an animal

Synonyms:
dock, tail
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut hair in the style of a bob

“Bernice bobs her hair these days!”
Type of:
arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
arrange attractively
3

n a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism

Synonyms:
bobsled, bobsleigh
Type of:
sled, sledge, sleigh
a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow

v ride a bobsled

“The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure”
Synonyms:
bobsled
Type of:
sled, sleigh
ride (on) a sled
4

n a former monetary unit in Great Britain

Synonyms:
British shilling, shilling
Type of:
British monetary unit
monetary unit in Great Britain
5

n a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string

Types:
kite tail
a bob on a kite to provide balance
plumb, plumb bob, plummet
the metal bob of a plumb line
sounding lead
a metal bob at the end of a sounding line
Type of:
weight
an artifact that is heavy

n a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line

Synonyms:
bobber, bobfloat, cork
Type of:
float
something that floats on the surface of water

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