Definition of lob in English:

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Pronunciation: /läb/

verb (lobs, lobbing, lobbed)

[with object]
1Throw or hit (a ball or missile) in a high arc: he lobbed the ball over their heads
More example sentences
  • Our leaders seem intent on lobbing cruise missiles like craps dice: gambling that the precise use of unprovoked force will effect peace.
  • We lob cruise missiles and I am not critical of that, but I think that has been the attitude - well they are not going to respond.
  • Suddenly, the green-and-white-clad morons began taunting the Thistle crowd, before lobbing missiles in their direction.
1.1(In tennis) hit the ball over (an opponent) in a high arc.
Example sentences
  • Nestor made the game safe when he picked up a long ball and cleverly lobbed the Greyhound keeper to make it 4-2.
  • Rooney can do 40-yard passes or he can lob the goalkeeper from 40 yards.
  • Ian Wilson levelled before half-time when he ran on to a through ball to lob the advancing keeper.


(Chiefly in tennis) a ball hit in a high arc over an opponent.
Example sentences
  • Within seven minutes of the start Dalglish scored with a lob, striking the ball from the edge of the box without even looking up.
  • May twice scored by sealing his defender, catching a lob from Raymond Felton and converting a layup.
  • His desperate opponent returns a weak shot or a lob, either of which he puts away with careless bravado.


Late 16th century (in the senses 'cause or allow to hang heavily' and 'behave like a lout'): from the archaic noun lob 'lout', 'pendulous object', probably from Low German or Dutch (compare with modern Dutch lubbe 'hanging lip'). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with lob

blob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, job, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, throb, yob

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Syllabification: lob

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