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v. bobbed, bob·bing, bobs
1. To move up and down: a cork bobbing on the water.
2. To grab at floating or hanging objects with the teeth: bobbed for apples.
3. To fish with a bobber.
4. To curtsy or bow.
To cause to move up and down: bobbed my head in response to the question.
1. A quick, jerky movement of the head or body.
2. A bobber used in fishing.
To appear or arise unexpectedly or suddenly.
[Middle English bobben, to move up and down, probably ultimately of imitative origin.]
1. A small, knoblike pendent object, such as a plumb bob.
2. A small lock or curl of hair.
3. A haircut that hangs evenly above the shoulders, often around the chin, worn especially by women or children.
4. Informal Surgical shortening or reshaping of the nose.
5. The docked tail of a horse.
a. A bobsled.
b. A bob skate.
tr.v. bobbed, bob·bing, bobs
To cut short or reshape: bobbed her hair; had his nose bobbed.
[Middle English bobbe, cluster of fruit.]
n. pl. bob Chiefly British