Definition of bobbin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒbɪn/


1A cylinder or cone holding thread, yarn, or wire, used especially in weaving and machine sewing.
Example sentences
  • In days gone by I would have ordered the non-standard bobbins my sewing machine uses from his shop and got them in mere weeks.
  • Thread the machine needle with white thread and the bobbin with red thread.
  • When creating a lace appliqué, use the same color thread in the bobbin and the needle.
1.1A spool or reel.
Example sentences
  • Let out just enough slack line from the reel so that the bobbin is suspended two to three inches below the rod.
  • The family room tree has a sewing theme, with spools, bobbins and buttons for ornaments.
2A small bar attached to a string used for raising a door latch.
Example sentences
  • Little Red Riding Hood pulled the bobbin, and the door opened.
  • ‘Pull the bobbin,’ answered the voice again, ‘and the latch will go up.’


Mid 16th century: from French bobine, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with bobbin

dobbin, robin
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