ETYM An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; Old Eng. bob bunch, bobben to strike, mock, deceive.
1. A hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around.
2. A hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string.
3. A short abrupt inclination (as of the head).
4. A small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line; SYN. bobber, cork, bobfloat.
(Homonym: bow )
1. (Pronounced boh) A decorative interlacing of ribbons.
2. (Pronounced boh) A knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces; SYN. bowknot.
3. (Pronounced boh) A slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument.
4. (Pronounced boh) Curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows.
5. An appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience; SYN. curtain call.
6. Bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame; SYN. bowing, obeisance.
7. Front part of a vessel or aircraft; SYN. fore, prow, stem.
8. Something curved in shape; SYN. arc.