Rob may be a proper noun or a verb.
- Rob is a short form of the forename Robert. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
| Short form
|| Long form
|| Informal or written
|| Other short forms
| Rob|| Robert|| informal (and written)|| Bob(bie); Rab(bie); Robby; Dob; Hob; Nob(by); Robin || The commoner traditional written form is Robt)
There is a list of similar names at Conventional abbreviations for forenames, as well as the category:short names
- Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
- 'To rob' is essentially 'to steal' (there are careful distinctions in Law between 'rob', 'steal', 'burgle' etc. These are beyond Awe's competence; buyt violence is important in the idea of robbery.) A person who robs is a robber; the crime is robbery.