- Zoology. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made.
- excess body fat.
- an act of weeping noisily and without restraint.
- to weep noisily and without restraint: Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.
- to say, especially incoherently, while weeping: The child seemed to be blubbering something about a lost ring.
- to contort or disfigure (the features) with weeping.
- disfigured with blubbering; blubbery: She dried her blubber eyes.
- fatty; swollen; puffed out (usually used in combination): thick, blubber lips; blubber-faced.
Origin of blubber
Examples from the Web for blubber
Scott does not come off as a conventionally conceived gigglebox made of blubber.Ladies’ Night
March 29, 2009
To grapple with this rigour one should have fed all one's life on blubber.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
Them chaps, whoever they are, have been killing seals and boiling the blubber.The Beach of Dreams
H. De Vere Stacpoole
The skins were needed for boots, the flesh for dog food, and the blubber for oil.Left on the Labrador
So he winked, too, at his mother, and tried to blubber a "thank you."The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
Then he begins to blubber, and leak brine, and take on like a woman with a sick headache.Torchy
- to sob without restraint
- to utter while sobbing
- (tr) to make (the face) wet and swollen or disfigured by crying
- a thick insulating layer of fatty tissue below the skin of aquatic mammals such as the whale: used by man as a source of oil
- informal excessive and flabby body fat
- the act or an instance of weeping without restraint
- Australian an informal name for jellyfish
- (often in combination) swollen or fleshyblubber-faced; blubber-lips
Word Origin and History for blubber
late 14c., blober "a bubble, bubbling water; foaming waves," probably echoic of bubbling water. Original notion of "bubbling, foaming" survives in the figurative verbal meaning "to weep, cry" (c.1400). Meaning "whale fat" first attested 1660s; earlier it was used in reference to jellyfish (c.1600) and of whale oil (mid-15c.). As an adjective from 1660s.
late 14c., "to seethe, bubble," from blubber (n.). Meaning "to cry, to overflow with weeping" is from c.1400. Related: Blubbered; blubbering.
- The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals. It insulates the animal from heat loss and serves as a food reserve.