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hob1

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Pronunciation: /hɒb
 
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noun

1British A cooking appliance, or the flat top part of a cooker, with hotplates or burners.
Example sentences
  • Purchase rates for electric cookers and hobs are also above average.
  • All kitchens are fitted with an oven, gas hob, cooker hood, fridge-freezer and combined washing machine and tumble drier.
  • Appliances include a fitted hob and oven, an integrated fridge freezer and plumbing for a dishwasher.
1.1A flat metal shelf at the side of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans.
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.
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!
3A peg or pin used as a mark in throwing games.
Example sentences
  • The game has the hobs 11 yards apart in 3ft squares of clay.
  • If the hob is only one ring away, you receive one point.

Origin

late 16th century (in sense 3): alteration of hub. sense 1, 'metal shelf by a fireplace', dates from the late 17th century.

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  • hub from (early 16th century):

    Although hub is recorded from the early 16th century, it did not appear in any dictionary until the 19th. It seems to have been an English dialect term that first meant ‘hob’ (a variant spelling recorded from the late 16th century), which before the days of modern cookers was a surface behind or beside a fireplace used for heating pans, originally made of piled up clay. The sense ‘the central part of a wheel’ dates from the mid 17th century and was probably suggested by the shape of the original ‘hub’.

Words that rhyme with hob

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

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hob2

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Pronunciation: /hɒb
 
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noun

1A male ferret. Compare with gill4 (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • She should be in full season for 2 weeks before being put with a hob.
  • Hobs are usually bigger than jills but the personalities vary little between the sexes.
2 archaic or dialect A sprite or hobgoblin.
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.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'country fellow'): pet form of Rob, short for Robin or Robert, often referring specifically to Robin Goodfellow.

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  • hub from (early 16th century):

    Although hub is recorded from the early 16th century, it did not appear in any dictionary until the 19th. It seems to have been an English dialect term that first meant ‘hob’ (a variant spelling recorded from the late 16th century), which before the days of modern cookers was a surface behind or beside a fireplace used for heating pans, originally made of piled up clay. The sense ‘the central part of a wheel’ dates from the mid 17th century and was probably suggested by the shape of the original ‘hub’.

Phrases

play (or raise) hob

1
North American Cause mischief.
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.

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