AskDefine | Define bobble

Dictionary Definition

bobble v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A furry ball attached on top of a hat
  2. Elasticated band used for securing hair (for instance in a ponytail)

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A furry ball attached on top of a hat
Elasticated band used for securing hair


  1. To bob up and down.

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Extensive Definition

Bobble could refer to a number of things:
  • Small round pieces of fabric that form on natural fabrics through use (such as cotton)
  • A slightly whimsical nodding motion of the head
  • A bobble (knitting)
  • It could be a piece of elastic wrapped in coloured thread used to tie back hair
  • It could refer to a stasis field in Vernor Vinge's Peace Authority science fiction series
  • It could also refer to the round ball of cloth on top of some styles of hats ("bobble hats")
  • To juggle or fumble a ball momentarily, usually resulting in an error, as in baseball
  • A bobble head is an object that moves or "bobbles" its head

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad job, bevue, bitch, bitch up, bloomer, blooper, blow, blunder, bob, boggle, bollix, bonehead into it, bonehead play, boner, boo-boo, boob stunt, boot, botch, bounce, bugger, bugger up, bump, bungle, careen, chatter, clumsy performance, cobble, coggle, dangle, didder, dither, drop a brick, drop the ball, duff, dumb trick, error, etourderie, falter, flub, fluctuate, fluff, flutter, fool mistake, foozle, foul up, foul-up, fumble, gaucherie, goof, goof up, grimace, gum up, hash, hash up, have an ague, howler, hustle, jactitate, jar, jerk, jig, jigget, jiggle, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle, jounce, jump, librate, louse up, louse-up, lurch, mess, mess up, miscue, mistake, muck up, muck-up, muff, nutate, off day, oscillate, pendulate, pitch, pratfall, pull a boner, quake, quaver, quiver, reel, resonate, rictus, rock, roll, sad work, screamer, screw up, screw-up, shake, shiver, shock, shudder, slip, stumble, swag, sway, swing, tic, toss, tremble, tremor, trip, twitch, twitter, vacillate, vibrate, wag, waggle, wave, waver, wobble
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