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bobby pin Syllabification: bob·by pin
Pronunciation: /ˈbäbē pin/

Definition of bobby pin in English:


North American & Australian/New Zealand
A kind of sprung hairpin or small clip.
Example sentences
  • STEP 7: Secure with a bobby pin at the top of the ponytail.
  • He leaned against the bars and thought for a moment, ‘do you have a bobby pin or some other clip in your hair?’
  • Next, wrap the loose section of hair around the elastic to cover, then secure the end of it under the base of the ponytail with a bobby pin.


(bobby-pin) [with object] Back to top  
Fix (hair) in place with a bobby pin.
Example sentences
  • I indignantly pulled my curly hair into a high, oomphy ponytail and bobby-pinned my long side bangs back on top of my head, misting myself with hairspray.


1930s: from bob2 (because bobby pins were originally used with bobbed hair) + -y2.

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