bob verb, noun definition, meaning - what is bob verb, noun in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bob”

See all translations

bob

verb uk   /bɒb/  us   /bɑːb/ (-bb-)
[I] to move up and down quickly and gently, especially on the surface of water: In the harbour, the boats bobbed gently up and down on the water. [I usually + adv/prep, T] to move quickly in a particular direction: I dropped the bottle into the water and watched it bob up to the surface a moment later. Suddenly a head bobbed up from behind the hedge. She bobbed a curtsy (= bent down from the knees briefly as a sign of respect) to the Queen.

bob

noun uk   /bɒb/  us   /bɑːb/

bob noun (HAIRSTYLE)

[C] (plural bobs) a women's hairstyle with the hair cut to neck length all around the head: I've had/worn my hair in a bob for ages.

bob noun (MONEY)

[C] (plural bob) UK old-fashioned informal a shilling : a British coin used in the past: That coat cost me ten bob in 1956.

bob noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] (plural bobs) a quick movement up and down: She acknowledged me with a quick bob of her head.

bob noun (SMALL THINGS)

bits and bobs [plural] UK informal small things or jobs of different types
(Definition of bob verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bob?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “bob” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More