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[klab-er] /ˈklæb ər/ South Midland and Southern U.S.
milk that has soured and thickened; curdled milk.
verb (used without object)
(of milk) to curdle; to become thick in souring.
Also, clobber.
Origin of clabber
1625-35; < Irish clabar short for bainne clabair bonnyclabber
Regional variation note
Clabber has many regional variations, including bonnyclabber and its variant bonnyclapper in the Northern and Midland U.S., thick milk in the Hudson River Valley and North Midland U.S., lobber and its variant lobbered milk in the Inland North, clobber in the South Midland and Southern U.S., and crud in some widely scattered areas. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have supper at five o'clock, but usually have a bowl of clabber or a glass of milk before going to bed.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • Mix with buttermilk or clabber to the consistency of biscuit.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Let it alone until it turns to clabber, and if there is any water in it, it will appear between the cream and the clabber.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity Louis Philippe McCarty
  • Buttermilk, clabber, fresh butter, disappeared in an instant.

    Memories Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
  • Ash cake was good wid poke salad and clabber or butter milk and best of all was sweet milk!

  • Then she took a tin cup full of clabber, poured a little syrup upon it, and ate it heartily.

  • Then put the article to soak in another pan of milk, letting it stand until the milk turns to clabber.

  • Tom got all the delicacies, Chambers got mush and milk, and clabber without sugar.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Simply cottage cheese left in a cool place until it grows soft and automatically changes its name from cottage to clabber.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • And she would quiet 95 me by digging out all the clabber with a little twig and feed it to the chickens.

    The Annals of Ann Kate Trimble Sharber
Word Origin and History for clabber

"mud," 1824, from Irish and Gaelic clabar "mud." Also often short for bonnyclabber.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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