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blob

[blob] /blɒb/
noun
1.
a globule of liquid; bubble.
2.
a small lump, drop, splotch, or daub:
A blob of paint marred the surface.
3.
an object, especially a large one, having no distinct shape or definition:
a blob on the horizon.
4.
a dull, slow-witted, and uninteresting person.
verb (used with object), blobbed, blobbing.
5.
to mark or splotch with blobs.
Origin of blob
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; apparently expressive formation
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Examples from the Web for blob
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  • The operator manipulated the controls and the blob began to overtake the dot.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • "I wish I didn't have such a blob of a nose," she said ruefully.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
  • The heart of one was a blob of mud, which gave off a most baleful vapour.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • It was half-past eight by the church clock, the face of which was a blob of brightness.

    Meg's Friend

    Alice Abigail Corkran
  • He couldn't reach Casker, on the other side of the gigantic sphere of blob.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • "Now he's goin' 'ome again," as the blob of yellow collapsed once more.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • He then blob blob blobbered, and gog gog goggled, till he choked with words and passion, and then sot down.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • Then the blood has rushed into my face—head and ears become as hot as fire, and the tip of my tongue swollen into a blob of blood.

    The Irish at the Front Michael MacDonagh
British Dictionary definitions for blob

blob

/blɒb/
noun
1.
a soft mass or drop, as of some viscous liquid
2.
a spot, dab, or blotch of colour, ink, etc
3.
a indistinct or shapeless form or object
4.
a slang word for condom
verb blobs, blobbing, blobbed
5.
(transitive) to put blobs, as of ink or paint, on
Derived Forms
blobby, adjective
Word Origin
C15: perhaps of imitative origin; compare bubble
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Word Origin and History for blob
n.

"drop, globule," 1725, from a verb meaning "to make or mark with blobs" (early 15c.), perhaps related to bubble. The same word was used 16c. in a sense "bubble, blister."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blob

blob

noun

  1. A mistake (1900+ Students)
  2. A mass of viscous matter; an amorphous portion; gob (1700s+)
  3. A useless person; an oaf or wimp: she is such a blob after work/ blobs into video games
  4. A very overweight person: Get that blob off my couch

verb

: He blobbed the second question

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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