from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch and worn hanging in front of the vest or waist.
- n. An ornament or seal attached to such a chain or ribbon.
- transitive v. Archaic To cheat or deceive (another).
- fob off To dispose of (goods) by fraud or deception; palm off: fobbed off the zircon as a diamond.
- fob off To put off or appease by deceitful or evasive means: needed help but was fobbed off with promises.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A little pocket near the waistline of a pair of trousers or in a waistcoat or vest to hold a pocketwatch; a watch pocket.
- n. A short chain or ribbon to connect such a pocket to the watch.
- n. A small ornament attached to such a chain. (See Usage Notes below)
- n. A hand-held remote control device used to lock/unlock motor cars etc.
- v. To cheat, to trick, to take in, to impose upon someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little pocket for a watch; -- callled also a watch pocket.
- n. a short chain or ribbon attached to a pocket watch, usually worn hanging out of the watch pocket, and used to conveniently remove the watch from the watch pocket.
- transitive v. To beat; to maul.
- transitive v. To cheat; to trick; to impose on.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cheat; trick; impose upon.
- To beat; maltreat.
- To pass off by a false representation; dispose of by deception: as, to fob off a worthless article on a customer.
- n. A tap on the shoulder, as from a bailiff.
- n. A cheat.
- n. A little pocket made in the waist-band of men's breeches or trousers as a receptacle for a watch.
- n. A watch-chain, or ribbon with buckle and seals or the like, such as is worn appended to the watch and hanging from the fob.
- To put into a fob; pocket; get possession of.
- To breathe hard or with heaving sides; gasp from violent running.
- n. Froth or foam.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest
- n. an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
- v. deceive somebody
- n. a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch
Probably akin to Low German Fobke, small pocket.
Middle English fobben, probably from fob, trickster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German foppen ("to mock") (Wiktionary)