bob vs tail what difference

what is difference between bob and tail

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bŏb, IPA(key): /bɒb/
  • Rhymes: -ɒb
  • (US) enPR: bäb, IPA(key): /bɑb/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːb

Etymology 1

From Middle English bobben (to strike, beat, shake, jog), of uncertain origin. Compare Scots bob (to mark, butt dance with a bobbing motion), Icelandic boppa (to wave up and down), Swedish bobba (to bob), Dutch dobberen (“bobbing”).

Verb

bob (third-person singular simple present bobs, present participle bobbing, simple past and past participle bobbed)

  1. (intransitive) To move gently and vertically, in either a single motion or repeatedly up and down, at or near the surface of a body of water, or similar medium.
    The cork bobbed gently in the calm water.
    The ball, which we had thought lost, suddenly bobbed up out of the water.
    The flowers were bobbing in the wind.
  2. (transitive) To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water.
    I bobbed my head under water and saw the goldfish.
    bob one’s head (= to nod)
  3. To curtsy.
  4. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.
    • 1533, Thomas Elyot, The Book of the Governor
      He was suddenly bobbed on the face by the servants.
Derived terms
  • bobber
  • bob for apples
  • bob up
Translations

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. A bobbing motion; a quick up and down movement.
    a bob of the head
  2. A curtsy.
  3. A bobber (buoyant fishing device).
    • 1613, John Dennys, The Secrets of Angling
      Or yellow bobs turn’d up before the plough / Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enough.
  4. Any of various hesperiid butterflies.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English bobbe (a cluster (of fruit); a twig with its leaves, a spray).

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. A bob haircut.
  2. Any round object attached loosely to a flexible line, a rod, a body part etc., so that it may swing when hanging from it
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
      Ecod! I have got them. Here they are. My cousin Con’s necklaces, bobs and all.
  3. The dangling mass of a pendulum or plumb line.
  4. The docked tail of a horse.
  5. A short line ending a stanza of a poem.
  6. The short runner of a sled.
  7. A bobsleigh.
  8. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
  9. A working beam in a steam engine.
  10. A particular style of ringing changes on bells.
  11. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
  12. (obsolete) A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig.
    • 1737, William Shenstone, The Extent of Cookery
      A plain brown bob he wore.
  13. (obsolete) The refrain of a song.
  14. (obsolete) A jeer; a sharp jest or taunt.
Derived terms
  • bits and bobs
Translations

Verb

bob (third-person singular simple present bobs, present participle bobbing, simple past and past participle bobbed)

  1. (transitive) To cut (hair) into a bob haircut.
    I got my hair bobbed. How do you like it?
  2. (transitive) To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop
  3. To bobsleigh.
Translations

Etymology 3

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun

bob (plural bob)

  1. (Kenya, slang; Britain and Australia, historical, dated) A shilling.
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix
      ‘’Ere y’are, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’ogs for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVII
      [] there was a sound of barking and a great hefty dog of the Hound of the Baskervilles type came galloping at me, obviously intent on mayhem, [… and] I was just commending my soul to God and thinking that this was where my new flannel trousers got about thirty bobs’ worth of value bitten out of them []
  2. (Australia, dated slang) A 10-cent coin.
  3. (slang) An unspecified amount of money.
    • Spot me a few bob, Robert.
Usage notes
  • The use of bob for shilling is dated slang in the UK and Australia, since decimalisation. In East African countries where the currency is the shilling, it is current usage, and not considered slang. OED gives first usage as 1789.
  • The use of bob to describe a 10-cent coin is derived from the fact that it was of equal worth to a shilling during decimalisation, however since then, the term has slowly dropped out of usage and is seldom used today.
Derived terms
  • bob-a-job
  • bent as a nine-bob note
  • two bob
  • two-bob bit

Etymology 4

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. Abbreviation of shishkabob.

Etymology 5

blitter object

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. (computer graphics, demoscene) A graphical element, resembling a hardware sprite, that can be blitted around the screen in large numbers.
    • 1995, “John Girvin”, Blitting bobs (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.amiga.programmer)
      IMHO, youd [sic] be better doing other things with the CPU and letting the blitter draw bobs, esp on a machine with fast ram.
    • 2002, “demoeffects”, Demotized 0.0.1 – A collection of demo effects from the early days of the demo scene. (on Internet newsgroup fm.announce)
      Changes: This release adds 2 new effects (bobs and unlimited bobs), has a GFX directory for sharing graphics, adds utility functions to the common code…
Derived terms
  • shadebob

Anagrams

  • obb

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɔp/
  • Hyphenation: bob
  • Rhymes: -ɔp
  • Homophone: Bob

Etymology 1

From bewust onbeschonken bestuurder (deliberately unintoxicated driver).

Noun

bob m (plural bobs, diminutive bobje n)

  1. designated driver

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English bob.

Noun

bob f or m (plural bobs)

  1. (winter sports) bob, bobsleigh
    Synonym: bobslee

French

Etymology

From the English personal name Bob, used to designate light infantrymen, and probably introduced into French during the First World War.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɔb/

Noun

bob m (plural bobs)

  1. bucket hat, fishing hat

Further reading

  • “bob” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Hungarian

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbob]
  • Hyphenation: bob
  • Rhymes: -ob

Noun

bob (plural bobok)

  1. bobsleigh
  2. a type of sled (a flat-bottomed concave plastic sled with no runners, equipped with brakes)
  3. a car used on the track of an alpine slide or bobsled rollercoaster (mountain coaster)

Declension

Synonyms

  • szánkó

Derived terms

  • bobos

Irish

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun 1

bob m (genitive singular bob, nominative plural bobanna)

  1. (hair) bob
    1. fringe (of hair over forehead)
    2. bob(tail)
      Synonym: bob eireabaill
Derived terms

Noun 2

bob m (genitive singular bob, nominative plural bobanna)

  1. stump, target (in games)
Derived terms
  • bob a bhualadh ar dhuine (to play a trick on someone)

Declension

Mutation

References

  • “bob” in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “bob” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “bob” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

Italian

Noun

bob m (invariable)

  1. bobsleigh / bobsled

Related terms

  • bobbista

Lower Sorbian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *bobъ, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰabʰ-. Cognate with Upper Sorbian bob, Polish bób, Czech bob, Russian боб (bob), Serbo-Croatian bȍb.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɔp/

Noun

bob m

  1. (uncountable) bean plant
  2. beanfield

Declension

Derived terms

  • bobowka f (an individual bean seed)

See also

  • tšuka f (bean pod)

Further reading

  • Arnošt Muka (1921, 1928), “bob”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German, Russian), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted (in German)Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • bob in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.

Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • bobe
  • bóbi

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈbɔ.bi/

Noun

bob m (plural bobes)

  1. curler (small cylindrical tube)
  2. hair roller, hair curler

Romanian

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Serbo-Croatian bȍb.

Noun

bob n (plural boabe)

  1. A type of bean, field bean, horse bean, broad bean
  2. a grain
  3. Any seed, pit, stone, berry.
Declension
Related terms
  • boabă

See also

  • sămânță
  • grăunte

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English bobsleigh.

Noun

bob n (plural boburi)

  1. bobsleigh
Declension

See also

  • sanie

Scots

Etymology 1

From Middle English bobbe (cluster of fruit; spray of leaves).

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. a bunch, a cluster (of things)
  2. (obsolete) a nosegay, bunch of flowers
  3. a knot; a bunch of ribbon
  4. a patch of rich grass

Verb

bob (third-person singular present bobs, present participle bobbin, past bobbit, past participle bobbit)

  1. (of grass) to grow richly in patches

Etymology 2

Uncertain. Possibly onomatopoeic expressing quick movement, but compare English bob, above.

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. a dance

Verb

bob (third-person singular present bobs, present participle bobbin, past bobbit, past participle bobbit)

  1. to dance with up-and-down movement
    Synonym: bab

Etymology 3

Unknown. Possibly from Middle English bobben (to strike) or Old French bober, baubir (to mock, deride).

Noun

bob (plural bobs)

  1. a target, a mark to aim at
  2. a taunt

References


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *bobъ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bôb/

Noun

bȍb m (Cyrillic spelling бо̏б)

  1. broad bean
  2. horse bean
Declension

Etymology 2

From English bob.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bôb/

Noun

bȍb m (Cyrillic spelling бо̏б)

  1. bobsled
Declension

Sicilian

Noun

bob m

  1. bobsleigh / bobsled

Spanish

Noun

bob m (plural bobs)

  1. bob, bob haircut (hairstyle)

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /boːb/

Adjective

bob

  1. Soft mutation of pob.

Mutation


English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tāl, IPA(key): /teɪl/
  • Homophones: tale, tael
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English tail, tayl, teil, from Old English tæġl (tail), from Proto-Germanic *taglaz, *taglą (hair, fiber; hair of a tail), from Proto-Indo-European *doḱ- (hair of the tail), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- (to tear, fray, shred). Cognate with Scots tail (tail), Dutch teil (tail, haulm, blade), Low German Tagel (twisted scourge, whip of thongs and ropes; end of a rope), German Zagel (tail), dialectal Danish tavl (hair of the tail), Swedish tagel (hair of the tail, horsehair), Norwegian tagl (tail), Icelandic tagl (tail, horsetail, ponytail), Gothic ???????????????? (tagl, hair). In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Noun

tail (plural tails)

  1. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o’-nine-tails.
  3. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
  4. The feathers attached to the pygostyle of a bird.
  5. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft’s fuselage, containing the tailfin.
    • 1862, Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine (volume 16, page 83)
      It was soon over, and the unmoved magistrate calmly ordained that Deborah Williams, Elizabeth and Faith Wilson, should be tied to a cart’s tail, and thus led through the principal streets of the town, receiving during their progress twenty lashes each, well laid on, upon the naked back.
  6. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
  7. (astronomy) The visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  8. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  9. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  10. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  11. (cricket) The lower order of batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  12. (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
    Synonym: descender
  13. (chiefly in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  14. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
  15. (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      By Goddis sydes, syns I her thyder broughte, / She hath gote me more money with her tayle / Than hath some shyppe that into Bordews sayle.
  16. (slang) The penis of a person or animal.
  17. (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
  18. (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
  19. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  20. (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
  21. (entomology) A filamentous projection on the tornal section of each hind wing of certain butterflies.
  22. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  23. (surgery) A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing.
  24. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  25. (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  26. (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  27. (mining) A tailing.
  28. (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
  29. (colloquial, dated) A tailcoat.
Hyponyms
Derived terms
Related terms
Translations
See also
  • caudal

Verb

tail (third-person singular simple present tails, present participle tailing, simple past and past participle tailed)

  1. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.
    Tail that car!
  2. (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  3. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
    This vessel tails downstream.
  4. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
    • Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncancelled.
  5. To pull or draw by the tail.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman, probably from a shortened form of entail.

Adjective

tail

  1. (law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
    estate tail

Noun

tail

  1. (law) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
    tail male — limitation to male heirs
    in tail — subject to such a limitation

Related terms

  • entail

References

Anagrams

  • ATLI, Ital, Ital., LIAT, LITA, Lita, TILA, Ta-li, Tila, alit, alti, ital, ital., lait, tali

Middle English

Noun

tail

  1. Alternative form of tayl

Welsh

Noun

tail m (plural teiliau)

  1. shit, dung

Derived terms

  • maer biswail

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