Main definitions of bobble in English

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bobble1

noun

  • A small ball made of strands of wool used as a decoration on a hat or on furnishings.

    • ‘The third option was that there was a slight chance of me overpowering him whilst he was bent double laughing at my camping pyjamas: Ron Hill jogging bottoms, a stripy jumper and a bobble hat.’
    • ‘He used to wear a bobble hat with a CND badge on it.’
    • ‘Ski fashion presents a unique challenge to even the smartest among us, but bear in mind that no one can really cut a dash in a bobble hat and two-tone anorak.’
    • ‘This, after all, is a place where people don't mind being called ‘Bennies’ (after Benny from Crossroads) because of their predilection for wearing bobble hats.’
    • ‘The robber is described as about 6ft tall, with heavy stubble that was visible even though he had pulled a bobble hat over his face.’
    • ‘The bobble hat would have looked distinctive because it was a very hot sunny afternoon.’
    • ‘I don't think it would have been so popular if we hadn't got rid of the old Brownie uniform - those bobble hats and horrible belted dresses were impractical and unappealing.’
    • ‘He said the intruder was in his mid 30s, with a dark complexion and local accent, wearing a three-quarter length dark coat and a bobble hat.’
    • ‘Robbie Williams: the first to do so in a Beatles T-shirt and a comedy bobble hat.’
    • ‘He was wearing a blue bobble hat, blue jumper and was carrying a sportsbag.’
    • ‘He was encased in a huge padded jacket topped with luminous orange bobble hat.’
    • ‘I did once see a duck wearing a bobble hat dancing in a tree, though.’
    • ‘He was wearing a black bobble hat and a dark-coloured anorak.’
    • ‘He was wearing an NY bobble hat, cream jacket with blue writing on the front, and white trainers.’
    • ‘For months Quinn made scores of telephone calls to the priest, often silent, and sent him hundreds of letters and packages containing items including bobble hats, jumpers, slippers and scarves.’
    • ‘What they have are a bit like a bobble hat and a neck warmer.’
    • ‘One of the youths is described as of chubby build, about 5ft 1ins tall and wearing a dark-coloured bobble hat with a white bobble on it, dark jacket and trousers and white trainers.’
    • ‘The man with the truncheon was black, and wore a dark bobble hat and dark jacket.’
    • ‘Early collections included stripy scarves in shades of Pinky and Perky, tiny handbags in boiled wool and bobble hats straight out of Ladybird story-books.’
    • ‘The teenager realised it was a man wearing a blond wig, with clothes including a bobble hat, skirt and boots.’

Origin

1920s: diminutive of bob.

Pronunciation

bobble

/ˈbäbəl/

Main definitions of bobble in English

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bobble2

verb

informal
  • 1[no object] Move with an irregular bouncing motion.

    ‘the glare of the snow made the landscape bobble’
    • ‘Both defenders missed their tackles and Gudjohnsen clipped a dinky chip over Given, only to watch in horror as it bobbled wide.’
    • ‘Her throat bobbled as she swallowed and twitched ears back.’
    • ‘Stanley's two-goal cushion was eventually restored on 27 minutes when Craney's 25-yard drive bobbled under the hapless Lavin.’
    • ‘He likened them to boats in a harbour that could bobble, swirl and move about, changing configuration as circumstances demanded and the design evolved.’
    • ‘His low cross bobbled into the box, seeming to stupefy the centre of the St Johnstone defence, and skipped through to McGarry, hovering around the penalty spot.’
    • ‘However, the Broadwood men gave the home fans hope through a Freddy Bonniface 20-yarder which bobbled awkwardly in front of Jim Calder.’
    • ‘A looping Mark Sertori header just lacked enough height to seriously concern the Seasiders’ ‘keeper, while McNiven was unfortunate to have the ball bobble up on to his knee with just Barnes to beat.’
    • ‘The orange cork wobbled and bobbled, then sank under the pea-green water.’
    • ‘In apparent compensation, De la Cruz in particular was determined to shoot on sight, one 25-metre missile bobbling menacingly in front of the home goal before dropping just wide.’
    • ‘Alex Calvo-Garcia swung his foot, failed to get a clean connection but still saw the ball bobble through a melee of legs and the outstretched arm of Fettis to nestle in the corner.’
    • ‘Yet again, though, Myshall went up field to goal, Nuala Quirke's 13 th minute 20m shot from the left of goal bobbling on the ground before entering the net just inside the far post.’
    • ‘That it bounced off his knee and bobbled towards the line allowed him to clear, although whether he did so before the ball fully moved into the goal is difficult to say.’
    • ‘The West Ham skipper then tried his luck with a well-worked free-kick routine, but the ball took an unfortunate bobble, and he skied his effort.’
    • ‘We could see jerky motion, and ostrich plumes bobbling atop the helmets.’
    • ‘It is a delightful, stop-and-go journey, the coaches bobbling along like struggling fish on a line.’
    • ‘Pepper album to Radio London, a station bobbling on the waves somewhere off the coast near Margate.’
    • ‘It bobbled away from him, however, and Bamber's Mark Wane raced through unopposed to place the ball out of reach of Kendal keeper Lee Ward.’
    • ‘I was very much the office junior and and was allocated whatever task bobbled along, on any given day.’
    • ‘Yalcin then set up fellow substitute Jon Parkin for a last-minute chance that the former Barnsley striker chose to take early and his shot bobbled wide.’
    • ‘Willie Gibson's shot deflected and bobbled through the packed penalty box, leaving Hinds with a simple finish at the far post.’
    jiggle, wriggle, twitch, flutter, shimmy, joggle, wag, wobble, shake, twist, squirm, writhe, wave, quiver, jerk, bobble
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  • 2North American [with object] Mishandle (a ball)

    ‘Andy bobbled the ball, so his throw home was too late’
    • ‘Walter Young didn't bobble that ball until after he had possession of it.’
    • ‘The unlucky bobble saw the ball hit Merris on the arm as he swung to clear and referee Phil Prosser pointed to the spot.’
    • ‘Rangers catcher Pudge Rodriguez bobbled the ball as Henderson slid safely.’
    • ‘Not only were there no errors, but not a single ball was bobbled.’
    • ‘But the ball was bobbled, all hands were safe, and from there the wheels fell off, resulting in a round of sky-is-falling pronouncements from all corners.’
    • ‘Michael Proctor flicked on another hopeful punt forward and Kyle stole in behind May's outstretched boot to bobble the ball past Jensen from 12 yards.’
    • ‘Though the shortstop bobbled the ball, the official scorer awarded Waner his 3,000th hit.’
    • ‘Bichette ran 30 yards at full speed, bobbled the ball and dropped it, allowing the go-ahead run to score.’
    • ‘Pesky bobbled the ball, recovered, and threw to first baseman Walt Dropo but Rizzuto beat out the relay.’
    • ‘Japan's Kazue Ito was charges with an error on the play for bobbling the ball.’
    • ‘On the ensuing play, their quarterback bobbles the snap and Upsala recovers near midfield.’
    • ‘Not present was the Cubs fan who bobbled the ball out of play during the National League playoffs last summer.’
    • ‘‘I just got a clean shot on the guy, he bobbled the ball, and I was fortunate enough to grab it out from him,’ McKinlay said.’
    • ‘The ball was bobbled, and he picked it up and threw it to the closest guy he could find.’
    • ‘We wanted to get a shot for Wells, if we could, but the play got all screwed up when he bobbled the ball and had to pass it off to LJ.’
    • ‘Taiwan got the next two batters out, but Chang made another error, bobbling a ball hit by Chris Snopek.’
    • ‘Furmano bobbles the ball and the runner reaches first base with plenty of time.’
    • ‘Rangers' catcher Ivan Rodriguez bobbled the ball as Henderson slid safely.’
    • ‘His next catch was for the go-ahead touchdown, a beautiful, bobbling reception on a ball Banks let go of early.’
    • ‘His second was a misplaced pass to the same Killie striker, who was denied this time by a wicked bobble of the ball.’
    make a mess of, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, butcher, mess up
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noun

informal
  • 1An irregular bouncing motion.

    • ‘He laid it off to Ilkley captain David Knox whose low shot took a bobble and skipped over the arms of the diving Dobson.’
    • ‘‘Apart from a slight bobble, I turned in a solid routine,’ she says.’
    • ‘With a bobble, she flipped the wand in a cycle as she pulled her hands out of it's magical orbit, straining it in the air with her power.’
    • ‘Andreas swung his arm emphatically with a little bobble of his head.’
    • ‘After a lap of yellow, Bonilla enjoyed the point for just one more lap; a slight bobble in Turn Five (the one corner that's second gear) meant Prey got the run and passed him up the long backstraight.’
  • 2North American A mishandling of a ball.

    ‘a once-a-season bobble by Jordan en route to a breakaway jam’
    • ‘Jeter was spared an error for his bobble of a grounder by Michael Young, but not for the wild throw that followed.’
    • ‘Plymouth's match-winning goal came from a Craig Taylor free-kick after just three minutes but, as Dolan explained, the Pigrims were grateful for a fortunate bobble.’
    • ‘After striking out Trot Nixon on a nasty cutter, Manny Ramirez's grounder short-hopped Rodriguez at third, and his bobble allowed the tying run to score.’
    • ‘When he made the catch, there usually was a bobble.’
    • ‘But I don't think he will: his bobbles so far have actually been pretty minor, magnified mainly by the hyper-scrutiny of the blogosphere.’
    • ‘He lost his punt return job because he had too many bobbles.’
    • ‘Sunday was no exception as Bell was in the thick of Walter's four bobbles and was credited with a forced fumble.’
    • ‘Brooking is a man who has never seen an open goal missed without a bit of a bobble just before he went to shoot.’
    • ‘Metcalfe almost added to the score on 30 minutes when he just over-ran the ball after being put through by Barrow, and an unfortunate bobble thwarted Knox's determined run from midfield.’
    • ‘At least a half-dozen bobbles cost potential double plays.’
    • ‘They got a wee bit of luck with the bobble but it was no more than we deserved given the way we performed in the second half.’
    • ‘That means they can afford a couple bobbles and they probably will have them with non-division games against New England, Carolina and Miami.’
    • ‘Andruw Jones looked sheepish Sunday morning attempting to explain his bobble of a fly ball in Saturday's Game 4, which he turned into an acrobatic catch with some quick reflexes.’
    • ‘And had it not been for a bobble after another Kennedy slip, he might have put Kilmarnock ahead eight minutes after the interval.’
    • ‘He appeared to have it covered until a late bobble saw him spill the first effort and clutch the loose ball ahead of the in-rushing Fraser.’
    • ‘McQuay's hope for a title ended just as his run started, when a bobble on the first back-up negated his chances.’
    • ‘The ball no longer glides over the pitch; instead, imperfections in the turf cause the occasional bobble or bounce.’
    • ‘You concluded that Sheets was running on fumes by then because he committed one of the bobbles, bouncing a throw to first base in the dirt, with Oswalt running down the line.’
    • ‘Some of his errors are bobbles that seemingly are caused because he's worrying about the throw he'll have to make.’
    • ‘The next batter, right fielder Carlos Rodriguez, hit a ground ball to Seth Taylor at third, but his bobble cost him a chance at a double play.’

Origin

Early 19th century: frequentative of bob.

Pronunciation

bobble

/ˈbäbəl/