bob1 / bäb/ • v. (bobbed , bob·bing ) [intr.] (of a thing) make a quick short movement up and down: I could see his red head bobbing around the boat bobbed up and down. ∎ [tr.] cause (something) to make such a movement: she bobbed her head. ∎ [intr.] make a sudden move in a particular direction so as to appear or disappear: a lady bobbed up from beneath the counter. ∎ [intr.] move up and down briefly in a curtsy. • n. a movement up and down: she could only manage a slight bob of her head. ∎ a curtsy. PHRASES: bob and weave make rapid bodily movements up and down and from side to side, for example as an evasive tactic by a boxer. bob2 • n. 1. a style in which the hair is cut short and evenly all around so that it hangs above the shoulders. 2. a weight on a pendulum, plumb line, or kite-tail. • v. (bobbed , bob·bing ) 1. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (bobbed) cut (someone's hair) in a bob: she tied a headscarf over her bobbed brown hair. 2. [intr.] ride on a bobsled. bob3 Brit., inf. • n. (pl. same) a shilling. ∎ used with reference to a moderately large but unspecified amount of money: those vases are worth a few bob. bob4 • n. a change of order in bell-ringing. ∎ used in names of change-ringing methods: plain bob bob minor.
a knot or bunch of hair, hence, a bunch or cluster of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc. See also bouquet, bunch, nosegay.
Examples: bob of cherries, 1460; of flowers, 1570; of fruit; of grapes, 1400; of hair, 1680; of hawthorn, 1807; of leaves, 1570; of primroses, 1807; of crimson ribbons, 1837; of worms, 1882.
A. †pummel, buffet, rap XIV;
B. move with a jerk up or down or to and fro XIV; curtsy XVIII. prob. of limit. orig.
Hence bob sb. †blow, rap XVI; method of change-ringing XVII; curtsy XIX.