MEANING: verb intr.: To associate socially, especially with people of higher status.

ETYMOLOGY: From the earlier phrase hobnob or hob-or-nob, used by two people to toast or drink to each other. It’s apparently from habnab meaning “give or take” or “hit or miss” from hab nab meaning “to have or have not”. Earliest documented use: 1761.

MOBNOB - to mingle with the Capo and his associates

HOB-SNOB - Bilbo Baggins after his new-found stature went to his head

HORNOB - a brass musical instrument with a double reed