Definition of hobnob in English:



[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Mix socially, especially with those of higher social status.

    ‘a select few who hobnob with the biggest celebrities the country has to offer’
    • ‘Evidently, the secondary exposure to Hollywood through this man, who hobnobs with the greats there every week, had left his audience singularly untouched.’
    • ‘He drove a company Jaguar, had a $10,000 stereo system in his office and jetted around the region to hobnob with recording stars and entertainment executives.’
    • ‘He hobnobbed with the elite, and among his friends was a mathematician who made a startling discovery.’
    • ‘But living in the lap of luxury was not a good thing for an artist, although hobnobbing with the movers and shakers she met through her husband had other advantages, such as a number of US commissions that came her way.’
    • ‘Eventually, he became a marketing manager for Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, where he hobnobbed with celebrities and organized regular concerts.’
    • ‘After a period of voluntary unemployment he finds work at Aldermaston, hobnobbing with geniuses who could blow up the world if they felt so inclined.’
    • ‘It's not about hobnobbing with sports superstars and entertaining celebrities in the Owner's Box.’
    • ‘With the arrival of the festival, my social profile has improved immeasurably and I have already been to two fun parties where I hobnobbed with actual celebrities while slugging copious quantities of warm white wine.’
    • ‘The speeches are on TV, and while it's nice to hobnob with your political heroes, what does it really bring to the table.’
    • ‘Since their fall, hobnobbing with the great and the good is a thing of the past, perhaps.’
    • ‘Did you think that you were perhaps hobnobbing with the future president?’
    • ‘He can't sit still, flitting from place to place around the globe to make speeches and hobnob with celebrities.’
    • ‘If you think being a Rock and Roll photographer involves hobnobbing with the rich and famous, spending afternoons sailing and meeting musicians most people only dream of - then you're right.’
    • ‘A president who used VIP status to hobnob with movie stars would be laughed out of office.’
    • ‘It looks like the kids and I are going shopping tonight while my spouse is out hobnobbing at the bar with his co-workers.’
    • ‘Lately for me, it's been all about hobnobbing with former stars.’
    • ‘When not hobnobbing in Washington, Roussel is working on a career memoir.’
    • ‘Last May the press also reported that he had hobnobbed with a well-known gangster at a wedding at which he was the guest of honor.’
    • ‘While occasionally posturing as a friend of the working man, Kelly climbed the social ladder and hobnobbed with the rich and powerful.’
    blend, mingle, combine, put together, stir, jumble, merge
    associate, mix, fraternize, socialize, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, consort, rub shoulders
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Early 19th century (in the sense ‘drink together’): from archaic hob or nob, hob and nob, probably meaning ‘give and take’, used by two people drinking to each other's health, from dialect hab nab ‘have or not have’.