lob 1[lob] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), lobbed, lob·bing.

  1. Tennis. to hit (a ball) in a high arc to the back of the opponent’s court.
  2. to fire (a missile, as a shell) in a high trajectory so that it drops onto a target.
  3. Cricket. to bowl (the ball) with a slow underhand motion.
  4. to throw (something) slowly in an arc.

verb (used without object), lobbed, lob·bing.

  1. Tennis. to lob a ball.


  1. Tennis. a ball hit in a high arc to the back of the opponent’s court.
  2. Cricket. a ball bowled with a slow underhand motion.
  3. British Dialect. a slow, heavy, dull-witted person.

Origin of lob 1 1325–75; in earlier sense, to behave like a lob (Middle English lobbe, lob bumpkin, clumsy person, orig. pollack; Old English: spider; basic sense, something pendulous); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch lobbe dangling part, stockfish, etc.Related formslob·ber, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for lobbing flip, loft, hurl, project, launch, chuck, propel, pitch Examples from the Web for lobbing Contemporary Examples of lobbing

  • Admittedly, the rationale for the Gulf War was stronger than the motivation for lobbing missiles at the Assad regime.

    Obama Needs a Friend in Congress—Like Bush Had

    Lloyd Green

    September 10, 2013

  • Will lobbing cruise missiles into Syria only make a bad situation worse?

    How the Obama Administration Reversed Course on Syria Strikes

    Eleanor Clift, Josh Rogin

    August 29, 2013

  • Mr. Kagan resigned the deanship in April 1992, lobbing a parting bomb at the faculty that bucked his administration.

    Donald Kagan on Western Civilization

    David Frum

    April 29, 2013

  • In my column for CNN, I detail why lobbing slurs and insults at Sandra Fluke only emboldens her cause.

    Slurs only bolster Sandra Fluke’s cause

    David Frum

    September 11, 2012

  • In truth, Gingrich was a backbencher during the Reagan years, lobbing bombshells at the White House in addition to Democrats.

    Reagan’s Party No More

    Eleanor Clift

    September 1, 2011

  • Historical Examples of lobbing

  • Soon he was smoothly receiving the pitcher’s curves and lobbing them back.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • He defeated Ware by playing a lobbing game whenever he could.

    Harper’s Round Table, September 3, 1895


  • I am now quite envious of the accuracy of my lobbing in those days.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies

    Mrs. Lambert Chambers

  • A third had gone down under a sabre-cut, but had staggered up and was lobbing after his comrades at a painful canter.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • They gave one deep howl, and settled down to the long, lobbing canter that can at the last run down anything that runs.

    The Second Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • British Dictionary definitions for lobbing lob 1 noun

    1. a ball struck in a high arc
    2. cricket a ball bowled in a slow high arc

    verb lobs, lobbing or lobbed

    1. to hit or kick (a ball) in a high arc
    2. informal to throw, esp in a high arc

    Word Origin for lob C14: probably of Low German origin, originally in the sense: something dangling; compare Middle Low German lobbe hanging lower lip, Old English loppe spider lob 2 noun

    1. short for lobworm

    Word Origin for lob C17 (in the sense: pendulous object): related to lob 1 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for lobbing lob v.

    “send up in a slow, high arc,” 1824 (implied in lobbing), but the word existed 16c. in various senses suggesting heavy, pendant, or floppy things, and probably is ultimately from an unrecorded Old English word; cf. East Frisian lobbe “hanging lump of flesh,” Dutch lob “hanging lip, ruffle, hanging sleeve,” Danish lobbes “clown, bumpkin.” Related: Lobbed; lobbing. The noun in this sense is from 1875, from the verb.

    lob n.

    a word of widespread application to lumpish things, probably in Old English. Cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German lobbe, Old Norse lubba. From late 13c. as a surname; meaning “pollack” is from early 14c.; that of “lazy lout” is from late 14c.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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