- Brit., Dial. a big, slow, clumsy person
- a soft underhand toss
- Tennis a stroke in which the ball is sent high into the air, usually so as to drop into the back of the opponent's court
Origin of lobMiddle English lobbe- (in lobbe-keling, large codfish), heavy, thick, akin to Old English lobbe, spider, EFris, Middle Low German lobbe, hanging lump of flesh, Old High German luppa, lumpy mass ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)leubh-, to hang loosely from source sloven
to throw, toss, etc. in a high curve
- to move heavily and clumsily: often with along
- to lob a ball
verblobbed, 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.
- To hit a ball in a high arc.
- To move heavily or clumsily.
- A ball hit, thrown, or propelled in a high arc.
- Slang A clumsy dull person; a lout.
Origin of lobOriginally, 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.
- (computing, databases) Abbreviation of Oracle Large Object.