Bobbery

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bobbery A squabble; a tumult; a commotion; a noisy disturbance; as, to raise a bobbery .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bobbery A squabble; a row; a disturbance: as, to kick up a bobbery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bobbery bob′er-i a noisy row.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. an Anglo-Indian form of Hindi bāp re, O thou father! (a very disrespectful address)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hindi bāp re! O father!—Col. Yule.

Usage

In literature:

There's a regular bobbery, but it's all right now.
"Joe Wilson and His Mates" by Henry Lawson
OLD MAN DIDN'T I KICK UP A BOBBERY WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
Here's a bobbery up at Fairly.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
Do you know, Gascoigne, it appears to me very odd, but I can do nothing but there's a bobbery at the bottom of it.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Frederick Marryat
With all your bobbery I've had no dinner.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Massa knows boys mus' have dey fun: please 'cuse me for makin' such a bobbery.
"An Unwilling Maid" by Jeanie Gould Lincoln
Do you know, Gascoigne, it appears to me very odd, but I can do nothing but there's a bobbery at the bottom of it.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It raised the most terrible bobberie, and me mother nearly took a fit.
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
The "bobbery" was easily explained.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Bring Massa Huggin men come see what's all a bobbery and kill um all.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
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