verb (hobnobs, hobnobbing, hobnobbed)[no object] • informal
- Mix socially, especially with those of perceived higher social status: he was hobnobbing with the great and goodMore example sentences
- A president who used VIP status to hobnob with movie stars would be laughed out of office.
- While occasionally posturing as a friend of the working man, Kelly climbed the social ladder and hobnobbed with the rich and powerful.
- He drove a company Jaguar, had a $10,000 stereo system in his office and jetted around the region to hobnob with recording stars and entertainment executives.
early 19th century (in the sense 'drink together'): from archaic hob or nob, hob and nob, probably meaning 'give and take', used by two people drinking to each other's health, from dialect hab nab 'have or not have'.