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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small metal hair clip with the ends pressed tightly together.

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  • n. A type of double-pronged hairpin.

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  • n. a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From bob2.

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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

    noun

    Etymology: perhaps from 4bob

    Date: 1926

    : a flat wire hairpin with prongs that press close together

    February 1, 2008