1British A cooking appliance, or the flat top part of a cooker, with hotplates or burners.
- 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.
- 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.
2 archaic or dialect A sprite or hobgoblin.
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'country fellow'): pet form of Rob, short for Robin or Robert, often referring specifically to Robin Goodfellow.
play (or raise) hob
- 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.