- 1A flat metal shelf at the side or back of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans.More example sentences
- It began to respond to the demands of Britain's burgeoning towns and cities for cast iron - for rainwater goods, street furniture, fireplaces, hobs and grates and all manner of other items.
- Inside the original rafters and walls are adorned by two splendid hobs over a fireplace.
- In Granny Kilpatrick's cookhouse stood a great black stove and all the pots sat around on the big white hobs.
- 2A machine tool used for cutting gears or screw threads.More example sentences
- The hob is composed of cutter blades and a hob head.
- Once you have used a hob to cut a gear you will wonder why you would use anything else!
- 2 • archaic or • dialect A sprite or hobgoblin.More example sentences
- During the festival, local residents and businesses will take part in a competition to decorate their homes, gardens and shop fronts with home made boggarts, wood spirits, elves, hobs and faeries.
- It has been the haunt of the mischievous, mythical hobs.
play (or raise) hob
- North American Cause mischief.More example sentences
- They aren't going to be setting up camp for a weekend and raising hob with 15 of their good buddies.
- The wind raised hob, blew the door shut after him leaving our worthy president locked in the cellar.
- The pavement raises hob with them and seems to impart a grade of dirt which defies removal.
late Middle English (in the sense 'country fellow'): nickname for Rob, short for Robin or Robert, often referring specifically to Robin Goodfellow.