Sense: 1
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: bob 'bunch (of hair)' (14-20 centuries), perhaps from Scottish Gaelic baban
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: BOB1
Sense: 3
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from Bob, an informal name for someone called Robert


2 noun
Related topics: Hair and Beauty, Currencies
bob2 [countable]
1DCB a way of cutting hair so that it hangs to the level of your chin and is the same length all the way round your head
2 a quick up and down movement of your head or body, to show respect, agreement, greeting etc:
The maid gave a little bob and left the room.
3 [plural] informalPEC a shilling (=coin used in the past in Britain):
At last I'm making a few bob (=a reasonable amount of money).

➔ bits and bobs

at bit2 (7)

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