Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with)
2. archaic. to drink together
3. a friendly, informal chat

"I wish I could go hobnob with the celebrities at the Oscars!"
"I don't think it's appropriate for you to hobnob with your professor like that."

Origin: (from
"1763, 'to drink to each other,' from hob and nob (1756) 'to toast each other by turns, to buy alternate rounds of drinks,' from c.1550 hab nab 'to have or have not, hit or miss,' probably ultimately from Old English habban, nabban 'have, not have,' with the negative particle ne- attached, as was customary. Modern sense of 'socialize' is 1866."

Awkwardness rating: 5

A party is a great place to hobnob. (

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