Bob - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɑːb|  American pronunciation of the word bob
Brit.  |bɒb|  British pronunciation of the word bob


- a former monetary unit in Great Britain (syn: shilling)
- a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
- a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism (syn: bobsled, bobsleigh)
- a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
- a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line (syn: bobber, bobfloat, cork)
- a short or shortened tail of certain animals (syn: bobtail, dock)
- a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)


- move up and down repeatedly
- ride a bobsled(syn: bobsled)
- remove or shorten the tail of an animal (syn: dock, tail)
- make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect (syn: curtsy)
- cut hair in the style of a bob


I want to have my hair bobbed, please.

The end of the pole bobbed up and struck me.

If you try to sink an apple in water, it will keep bobbing up.

Production bobs and weaves from week to week.

He took little notice, except by bobbing his head.

Bob down behind the wall, there's a policeman coming.

Don't forget to bob to the princess when she enters the room.

The boat bobbed gently up and down on the water.

Mrs Foster bobbed about, gathering up her things.

The maid gave a little bob and left the room.

Can you oblige me with a couple of bob till next Tuesday?

he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement

her rucksack bobbed gently on her back

The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure

Bernice bobs her hair these days!

Phrasal verbs

bob up  — originate or come into being

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bob
he/she/it: bobs
present participle: bobbing
past tense: bobbed
past participle: bobbed
singular: bob
plural: bob
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