Main definitions of hob in English

: hob1hob2

hob1

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘Standard features in all properties include fitted kitchens with a range of built-in appliances including integrated fridge-freezers, electric hobs and ovens.’
    • ‘Standard features include fully tiled and fitted kitchens with integrated appliances including stainless steel ovens, hobs, fridge-freezers, dishwashers and washing machines.’
    • ‘Off the back of the hallway is the ceramic tiled kitchen, a bright room with a high ceiling, cream wooden units, a cooker, gas hob and integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer.’
    • ‘Both have a number of integrated appliances including oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave.’
    • ‘The kitchen has a range of wall and floor units, an integrated fridge freezer, a hob, oven and extractor fan.’
    • ‘The fitted units here are white and there is also a double sink, an integrated fridge and an electric hob and wall oven.’
    • ‘There is an integrated electric oven, gas hob, fridge and dishwasher.’
    • ‘She opened the lid of one of the Aga hobs and put a frying pan on it.’
    • ‘An unusual feature is the electric hob which incorporates a barbecue grill and deep fat fryer as well as two electric plates.’
    • ‘It's a dual-fuel range cooker of timeless design, combined with a powerful six-burner gas hob, three electric ovens and a grill.’
    • ‘Integrated appliances include a four ring electric hob with single oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.’
    • ‘A bookshelf displays an array of well-thumbed cookbooks, and the kettle bubbles on the hob.’
    • ‘The kitchen has a cooker, hob and microwave which will all be staying in the property.’
    • ‘Electrical appliances include an oven and hob, and an integrated fridge/freezer and dish washer.’
    • ‘Open the windows and switch on the extractor fan above the hob.’
    • ‘The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with maple wall and floor units, a terracotta tiled splashback, gas hob and another cast iron fireplace.’
    • ‘We have an extractor fan in the kitchen which is over the hob.’
    • ‘The evening is already short, so I put on the hob to heat water for eggs.’
    • ‘Dissolve the sugar solution to a clear syrup on the hob over a gentle heat, stirring once or twice.’
    1. 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.’
  • 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!’
  • 3A peg or pin used as a mark in throwing games.

    ‘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 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.

Pronunciation

hob

/hɒb/

Main definitions of hob in English

: hob1hob2

hob2

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 (or raise) 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.

Pronunciation

hob

/hɒb/