From Robert De Niro to Anne Hathaway, Kevin Fallon looks at the nominees who are blubbering their way to a (possible) Oscar.
He woke in the cabin before the fire, and found Tom Lennard blubbering hard over him.
Meanwhile Will plucked Hamnet now blubbering on his stool, by the doublet.
He sat awhile, sulky and all but blubbering; then hastily rose, and stalked out of the room in high dudgeon.
"Go home and learn your manners," he had shouted at the blubbering boy.
He hunted around for her all day, and came in last night nearly starved to death, and whimpering and blubbering.
He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.
Jack was wildly excited, blubbering and waving his arms about.
Blood admonished him in a whisper, alarmed by the lad's blubbering.
And she felt she could not forgive the boy for being the huddled, blubbering object, all wet and snivelled, which he was.
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.
Fat; avoirdupois (1700s+)
To weep; snivel (1300s+)