bob verb, noun - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More