bob etymology

English word bob comes from Middle English (1100-1500) bobben

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Detailed word origin of bob

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
bobben Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
bob English (eng) A bobber.. A bobbing motion.. A curtsy. (intransitive) To move gently and vertically, in either a single motion or repeatedly up and down, at or near the surface of a body of water, or similar medium.. (transitive) To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water.. To curtsy.. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.