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A dated pet name for a draught horse or farm horse; recorded from the late 16th century, it is a pet form of the given name Robert.

In Thackeray's Vanity Fair (1847–8), William Dobbin is the name of Amelia's steadfast admirer, seen as a figure of patience and long-suffering.

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