lob

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See also: LOB, Lob, and løb

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

First attested late 16th c. in the sense "allow or cause to dangle, hang," from sense 2.

Verb[edit]

lob (third-person singular simple present lobs, present participle lobbing, simple past and past participle lobbed)

  1. To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch.
    The guard lobbed a pass just over the defender.
    The tennis player lobbed the ball, which was a costly mistake.
  2. (colloquial) To throw.
    • 2019 April 6, Quinley, Caleb, “Thailand: Anti-military party leader faces sedition charges”, in Al Jazeera[1], Doha: Al Jazeera, retrieved 2019-04-06:
      In the months leading up to the election, government representatives took up a cybercrime case against Thanathorn for criticising the government on a Facebook Live video... They also lobbed more legal cases at his party for allegedly spreading false information.
  3. (colloquial) To put, place
    Lob it in the pot.
  4. (sports) To hit, kick, or throw a ball over another player in a game.
    • 2011 January 15, Nabil Hassan, “Wigan 1 - 1 Fulham”, in BBC[2]:
      Wigan took the lead when Hugo Rodallega lobbed David Stockdale from close range having earlier headed against the post.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To let fall heavily or lazily.
    • Shakespeare
      And their poor jades / Lob down their heads.
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Noun[edit]

lob (plural lobs)

  1. (ball sports) A pass or stroke which arches high into the air.
    The guard launched a desperate lob over the outstretched arms of the defender.
    • 2011 February 12, Nabil Hassan, “Blackburn 0 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC[3]:
      Peter Lovenkrands went close for the Magpies, hitting the bar with a fine lob after he had been played in by the excellent Jose Enrique on the left.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From an Old English word for lumpish or unwieldy things, from Proto-Germanic *lubbǭ (that which hangs or dangles), from Proto-Indo-European *lep- (to peel, skin). Compare Danish lobbes (bumpkin, clown), Old English loppe (spider) (in the sense of something that hangs or dangles). Possibly influenced or borrowed through Welsh llob (lump).

Noun[edit]

lob (plural lobs)

  1. a lump
    • 1875, M.L. Kenny, The fortunes of Maurice Cronin[4], page 126:
      And, moreover, I had no sooner set my eyes on the keys, than I remembered where there was a lob of money lying in Purcell's safe, that I --
  2. (obsolete) a country bumpkin, clown
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Etymology 3[edit]

Danish lubbe, from Old Norse lubba, ultimately from sense 2 in the sense of "clumsy, heavily or lumpily hanging."

Noun[edit]

lob (plural lobs)

  1. A fish, the European pollock.

Etymology 4[edit]

Verb[edit]

lob (third-person singular simple present lobs, present participle lobbing, simple past and past participle lobbed)

  1. (mining) To cob (chip off unwanted pieces of stone).

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lob in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

References[edit]

  • Nall, John Greaves (2006): Nall's Glossary of East Anglian Dialect

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek λοβός (lobós).

Noun[edit]

lob f or m (plural lobben, diminutive lobbetje n)

  1. lobe, lobule
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English lob.

Noun[edit]

lob m (plural lobs, diminutive lobje n)

  1. lob (arching pass of a ball)
    Synonym: boogbal
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Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

lob

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lobben
  2. imperative of lobben

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lob m (plural lobs)

  1. (tennis) lob

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

lob m (invariable)

  1. lob (in ball games)

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lobbe, variant of loppe.

Noun[edit]

lob

  1. Alternative form of loppe (spider)

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *lubą.

Noun[edit]

lob n

  1. praise

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Lob