- An example of a hob is where you rest soup in a fireplace to keep it warm until dinner.
- An example of a hob is what a machinist uses when cutting the teeth on a new part.
- An example of a hob is a goblin.
- a projecting ledge at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping a kettle, saucepan, etc. warm
- a peg used as a target in quoits, etc.
- a device for cutting teeth in a gear blank, etc.
Origin of hobuncertain or unknown; perhaps variant, variety of hub
- a rustic
- an elf or goblin
- [H-] Robin Goodfellow, or Puck
Origin of hobME, old familiar form for Robin, Robert
play hob with
- A shelf or projection at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping food or utensils warm.
- A tool used for cutting the teeth of machine parts, as of a gearwheel.
Origin of hobOrigin unknown
- Chiefly British A hobgoblin, sprite, or elf.
- Mischievous behavior.
Origin of hobFrom Middle English Hob a nickname for Robert
(third-person singular simple present hobs, present participle hobbing, simple past and past participle hobbed)
- To create (a gear) by cutting with a hob.
- (intransitive) To engage in the process of cutting gears with a hob.
- A patronymic surname.
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert.