Definition of dob in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɒb/

verb (dobs, dobbing, dobbed)

[with object] Australian /NZ informal
1 (dob someone in) Inform against someone: Helen dobbed me in to Mum
More example sentences
  • At least I wont have to worry about Phil dobbing me in anymore.
  • He says no one will tell him exactly how he got caught, but someone must have dobbed him in.
  • He says there are too many spies about and too many people who will dob you in for money.
1.1 [no object] (dob on) Inform on; betray.
Example sentences
  • He was summoned before the committee and fined for dobbing on a workmate but refused to pay.
  • How are we going to work together as a community rather than dobbing on each other and isolating each other.
  • He's in the prison, he's dobbing on his prison mates, on other inmates, and he's very scared for his life.
2 (dob something in) Contribute money to a common cause: everyone dobbed in a few dollars
3 (dob someone in) Impose on someone to do something: I dobbed him in to do the cleaning



Example sentences
  • The player - knockabout, sleeves-up, Green Valley tough guy - looks like a little dobber who's run to the headmaster.
  • And then the little dobber, office nark starts harping on about the need to draw up a roster for using the photocopier.
  • I certainly do not condone illegality, but I strongly reject the idea of Mr Citizen becoming a dobber!


1950s: figurative use of dialect dob 'put down abruptly', later 'throw something at a target'.

Words that rhyme with dob

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

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