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See also: FOB, F.O.B., F. O. B., -fob, and -fób



  • enPR: fŏb, IPA(key): /fɒb/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒb

Etymology 1[edit]

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From German Low German Fobke (pocket) or German [Term?] (East Prussian dialect) Fuppe (pocket).


fob (plural fobs)

  1. A little pocket near the waistline of a pair of trousers or in a waistcoat or vest to hold money or valuables, especially a pocket watch.
    • 1711, Jonathan Swift, Windsor Prophecy:
      With a saint at his chin and a seal at his fob.
    • 1792, Thomas Holcroft, Anna St. Ives, volume VII, Fragment:
      As soon as they had confined my arms they left me, and remembering the bank-notes which I had in my fob, I began to fear they had come to the knowledge of this circumstance [] .
  2. A short chain or ribbon to connect such a pocket to the watch.
  3. (see usage notes) A small ornament attached to such a chain.
  4. A hand-held remote control device used to lock/unlock motor cars etc.
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Etymology 2[edit]

German foppen (to mock).

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fob (third-person singular simple present fobs, present participle fobbing, simple past and past participle fobbed)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To cheat, to deceive, to trick, to take in, to impose upon someone.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To beat; to maul.
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  • Robert Hunter, Charles Morris, editors (1897), Universal Dictionary of the English Language, volume 2, page 2146

Etymology 3[edit]



fob (not comparable)

  1. (Incoterm) Alternative letter-case form of FOB (free on board)