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Definition of hobnob verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hobnob

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hobnob
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːb//
 
he / she / it hobnobs
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːbz//
 
past simple hobnobbed
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːbd//
 
past participle hobnobbed
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːbd//
 
-ing form hobnobbing
BrE BrE//ˈhɒbnɒbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbnɑːbɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] hobnob (with somebody) (informal) to spend a lot of time with somebody, especially somebody who is rich and/or famous He was often seen hobnobbing with influential business people. Word Origin early 19th cent. (in the sense ‘drink together’): from archaic hob or nob, hob and nob, probably meaning ‘give and take’, used by two people drinking to each other's health, from dialect hab nab ‘have or not have’.
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