(fishing) A buoyant device (frequently made of cork) attached to a line so as to suspend the end of the line with the hook (and bait or lure) above the bottom.
(US) A tool used to play bingo; a dauber.
(UK, derogatory) A member of the working class in Scotland who is seen as undereducated, with poor taste, especially in clothes, and poor social skills; closely connected to chav .
(Australia, UK, derogatory) One who dobs (informs against or implicates to authority).
* 1999 , William De Maria, Deadly Disclosures: Whistleblowing and the Ethical Meltdown of Australia ,
- Nikki is such a dobber , she told the teacher that I hit Karen in the playground.
* 2010 , Lisa Heidke, What Kate Did Next ,
- In awakening us to our powerlessness, whistleblowers produce all sorts of crisscrossed emotions. Should we respond to them as truth-bearing ethical citizens, or spiteful, griping dobbers ?
* 2011 , James Morton, Susanna Lobez, Gangland Melbourne ,
- ‘Not only that,’ Graeme continued, ‘but Simone?s a dobber' – and no-one likes a ' dobber , do they, K?’
(British, informal) Any small electronic device that plugs directly into a larger one, such as a wireless scoring system in fencing or a USB mass storage device.
(British, chiefly, dialect) A large marble.
(US, regional) A float (as used by an angler).
* 2007 , William G. Tapply, Trout Eyes: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fly-Fishing ,
- The question was whether the dobber had simply dobbed or whether he had planted the weapons.
- In attaching this dobber or float, tie it on as short a tippet as you can manage and attach it to the leader from four to six feet above the nymph.