v. lobbed, lob·bing, lobs
To hit, throw, or propel in a high arc: lob a beach ball; lob a tennis shot over an opponent’s head.
1. To hit a ball in a high arc.
2. To move heavily or clumsily.
1. A ball hit, thrown, or propelled in a high arc.
2. Slang A clumsy dull person; a lout.
[Originally, to act like a lout, hang heavily, move clumsily, from lob, lout, something heavy and pendulous, lump, from Middle English lob, pollack, lout; akin to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch lobbe, lubbe, hanging lip, probably ultimately of imitative origin.]
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1. (General Sporting Terms) a ball struck in a high arc
2. (Cricket) cricket a ball bowled in a slow high arc
3. to hit or kick (a ball) in a high arc
4. informal to throw, esp in a high arc
[C14: probably of Low German origin, originally in the sense: something dangling; compare Middle Low German lobbe hanging lower lip, Old English loppe spider]
[C17 (in the sense: pendulous object): related to lob1]
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v. lobbed, lob•bing,
1. to hit (a ball) in a high arc to the back of the opponent’s court in tennis.
2. to fire (a missile, as a shell) in a high trajectory so that it drops onto a target.
3. to bowl (the ball) with a slow underhand motion in cricket.
4. to throw (something) slowly in an arc.
5. to lob a ball.
6. a lobbed ball.
[1325–75; Middle English lobbe, lob bumpkin, clumsy person]
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– Comes from an old noun meaning “something pendulous.”
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Past participle: lobbed
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