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hob·nob

 (hŏb′nŏb′)
intr.v. hob·nobbed, hob·nob·bing, hob·nobs
To associate familiarly: hobnobs with the executives.

[Earlier hob-or-nob, hob-nob, to toast or drink to each other alternately, drink together, from hob or nob, hob a nob, hob nob, give or take, hit or miss, however it may turn out (spoken as a toast when clinking glasses), alteration of obsolete and dialectal hab nab (perhaps originally meaning "have or have not") : probably Middle English habbe, singular present subjunctive of Middle English haven, habben, to have; see have + Middle English nabbe, have not, singular present subjunctive of nabben, not to have (from Old English nabban : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + habban, to have; see have).]

hobnob

(ˈhɒbˌnɒb)
vb, -nobs, -nobbing or -nobbed
1. to socialize or talk informally
2. obsolete to drink (with)
[C18: from hob or nob to drink to one another in turns, hence, to be familiar, ultimately from Old English habban to have + nabban not to have]

hob•nob

(ˈhɒbˌnɒb)

v.i. -nobbed, -nob•bing,
to associate on very friendly terms: to hobnob with royalty.
[1595–1605; from the phrase hab or nab literally, have or have not]
hob′nob`ber, n.

hobnob


Past participle: hobnobbed
Gerund: hobnobbing

Imperative
hobnob
hobnob
Present
I hobnob
you hobnob
he/she/it hobnobs
we hobnob
you hobnob
they hobnob
Preterite
I hobnobbed
you hobnobbed
he/she/it hobnobbed
we hobnobbed
you hobnobbed
they hobnobbed
Present Continuous
I am hobnobbing
you are hobnobbing
he/she/it is hobnobbing
we are hobnobbing
you are hobnobbing
they are hobnobbing
Present Perfect
I have hobnobbed
you have hobnobbed
he/she/it has hobnobbed
we have hobnobbed
you have hobnobbed
they have hobnobbed
Past Continuous
I was hobnobbing
you were hobnobbing
he/she/it was hobnobbing
we were hobnobbing
you were hobnobbing
they were hobnobbing
Past Perfect
I had hobnobbed
you had hobnobbed
he/she/it had hobnobbed
we had hobnobbed
you had hobnobbed
they had hobnobbed
Future
I will hobnob
you will hobnob
he/she/it will hobnob
we will hobnob
you will hobnob
they will hobnob
Future Perfect
I will have hobnobbed
you will have hobnobbed
he/she/it will have hobnobbed
we will have hobnobbed
you will have hobnobbed
they will have hobnobbed
Future Continuous
I will be hobnobbing
you will be hobnobbing
he/she/it will be hobnobbing
we will be hobnobbing
you will be hobnobbing
they will be hobnobbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hobnobbing
you have been hobnobbing
he/she/it has been hobnobbing
we have been hobnobbing
you have been hobnobbing
they have been hobnobbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hobnobbing
you will have been hobnobbing
he/she/it will have been hobnobbing
we will have been hobnobbing
you will have been hobnobbing
they will have been hobnobbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hobnobbing
you had been hobnobbing
he/she/it had been hobnobbing
we had been hobnobbing
you had been hobnobbing
they had been hobnobbing
Conditional
I would hobnob
you would hobnob
he/she/it would hobnob
we would hobnob
you would hobnob
they would hobnob
Past Conditional
I would have hobnobbed
you would have hobnobbed
he/she/it would have hobnobbed
we would have hobnobbed
you would have hobnobbed
they would have hobnobbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hobnob - rub elbows with; "He hobnobs with the best of society"
socialise, socialize - take part in social activities; interact with others; "He never socializes with his colleagues"; "The old man hates to socialize"

hobnob

verb socialize, mix, associate, hang out (informal), mingle, consort, hang about, keep company, fraternize an opportunity to hobnob with the company's president

hobnob

verb
To be with as a companion:
Slang: hang out.
Idiom: rub elbows.
Translations

hobnob

[ˈhɒbnɒb] VI to hobnob withcodearse con, alternar con

hobnob

[ˈhɒbnɒb] vi
to hobnob with sb → frayer avec qn, fréquenter qn

hobnob

vi of course I’m not used to hobnobbing with the aristocracyich stehe or bin natürlich nicht mit dem Adel auf Du und Du; she’s been seen hobnobbing with the chairman and his wifesie ist viel mit dem Vorsitzenden und seiner Frau zusammen gesehen worden; who was that you were hobnobbing with last night?mit wem hast du da gestern zusammengesessen?

hobnob

[ˈhɒbˌnɒb] vi (fam) to hobnob (with)essere in confidenza (con)
References in classic literature ?
Yes, let us drink," said Athos, anxious to make it up by hobnobbing with D'Artagnan, "let us drink and get away from this hateful country.
He had found the couple hobnobbing together in all amity; the old gentleman's rigor was purely theoretic.
For all he knew, Owen was in the habit of hobnobbing with the great man every night.
In her latest outing, she was seen hobnobbing with Hollywood biggies such as 12 Years a Slave star Lupita
It's certainly hard to imagine previous Archbishops such as Geoffrey Fisher and Donald Coggan hobnobbing with film stars but, apparently, the Pope himself met Crowe at the Vatican last month.
Four Lok Sabha MPs and Shivanand Tiwari have been expelled for anti-party activities, and for hobnobbing with other parties," said party spokesman K.
You may have seen Lena Dunham and Victoria Beckham hobnobbing in the front row during fashion week, now the stars are expanding on their friendship.
Pictured left is the women's style Feinschmecker 420 'for hobnobbing in elegant settings from haute cuisine to haute couture'.
To be hobnobbing at the expense of German and British taxpayers while the eurozone is in crisis is a dereliction of duty.
Query, now biscuit factory worker Craig Cotton has made it through, will he be hobnobbing with the stars?
But what really irks me is that the Prince of Darkness, Lord Mandelson, is hobnobbing with them while pretending to be on our side.
THE Carling lads have been hobnobbing with the stars again.