Main definitions of hob in English

: hob1hob2

hob1

Pronunciation /häb/ /hɑb/

Translate hob into Spanish

noun

  • 1A flat metal shelf at the side or back 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.’
    1. 1.1British A cooking appliance, or the flat top part of a stove, with hotplates or burners.
  • 2A machine tool used for cutting gears or screw threads.

    ‘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!’

Origin

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

Main definitions of hob in English

: hob1hob2

hob2

Pronunciation /häb/ /hɑb/

Translate hob into Spanish

noun

  • 1A male ferret.

    ‘She should be in full season for 2 weeks before being put with a hob.’
    Compare with gill (sense 1)
    • ‘Hobs are usually bigger than jills but the personalities vary little between the sexes.’
  • 2British archaic, 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.’

Phrases

    play hob
    North American
    • Cause mischief.

      ‘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.’
      • ‘Digital cell phones have raised hob with hearing aids through electromagnetic interference.’
      • ‘The cost of diverting waste can play hob with a private company's bottom line or a community's operating budget.’
      • ‘Even more fun - fructose plays hob with the enzymes that ‘tell’ cells whether to burn fat or store it.’
      • ‘But there's a non-obvious one, which is to say that it plays hob with my writing schedule, or at least it tries to.’
      • ‘The three-year recession and the constant lowering of interest rates to fight it are raising hob with pension funds.’
      • ‘The internal politics of getting things done has played hob with their scheduling.’
      • ‘A combination of intense travel and poor health have played hob with my schedule.’

Origin

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