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Definition of "fob" []

  • A small pocket at the front waistline of a man's trousers or in the front of a vest, used especially to hold a watch. (noun)
  • A short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch and worn hanging in front of the vest or waist. (noun)
  • An ornament or seal attached to such a chain or ribbon. (noun)
  • Archaic To cheat or deceive (another). (verb-transitive)
  • Fob off To dispose of (goods) by fraud or deception; palm off: fobbed off the zircon as a diamond. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fob" in a sentence
  • "As far as I can tell, locking the car with the fob is a bad idea."
  • "Ben brought a Pogo animation cel for appraisal and his colleague Jessica Lewis had a Elks Club fob from the early part of last century."
  • "At the Jewelry table, Adam Patrick of A La Vielle Russie, Inc. examines an Elks fob from the early 20th century."