Definition of hobnob in English:


Syllabification: hob·nob
Pronunciation: /ˈhäbˌnäb

verb (hobnobs, hobnobbing, hobnobbed)

[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
More example sentences
  • A president who used VIP status to hobnob with movie stars would be laughed out of office.
  • While occasionally posturing as a friend of the working man, Kelly climbed the social ladder and hobnobbed with the rich and powerful.
  • 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.
associate, mix, fraternize, socialize, keep company, spend time, go around, mingle, consort, network, rub shoulders, rub elbows
informal hang around/out, be thick, schmooze


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'.

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