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[kob] /kɒb/
a corncob.
a male swan.
a short-legged, thick-set horse, often having a high gait and frequently used for driving.
British. a mixture of clay and straw, used as a building material.
British Dialect. a rounded mass or lump.
a crude silver or gold Spanish-American coin of the 16th to 18th centuries, characteristically irregular in shape and bearing only a partial impression of the dies from which it was struck.
Origin of cob
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English cobbe male swan, leader of a gang; these and various subsequent senses are obscurely related and probably in part of distinct orig. Unabridged
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  • I thought you were tired, cob, so I let you lie till the last moment.

    Patience Wins George Manville Fenn
  • Then mounting his cob and raising his hat to the lady he trotted off.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Its stalk and its cob are manufactured into many different and useful articles.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Pence Oiler, the ferryman, sat in the corner puffing at a cob pipe.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • Boil the corn a quarter of an hour; and then, with a large grater, grate it down from the cob.

  • She wondered if he felt too grown-up for cob houses himself.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • The kind you are going to plant, Hal, is called sweet corn, such as we eat green from the cob after it is boiled.

  • Then there were reedbuck and cob, both of which are very good to eat.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • We are passing the old "cob" walls and grey-headed barns of a substantial farmstead.

British Dictionary definitions for cob


a male swan
a thickset short-legged type of riding and draught horse
(Brit) another name for hazel (sense 1)
a small rounded lump or heap of coal, ore, etc
(Brit & NZ) a building material consisting of a mixture of clay and chopped straw
(Brit) Also called cob loaf. a round loaf of bread
verb cobs, cobbing, cobbed
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to beat, esp on the buttocks
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; probably related to Icelandic kobbi seal; see cub


an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus) See also gull1
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kob, kobbe
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Word Origin and History for cob

a word or set of identical words with a wide range of meanings, many seeming to derive from notions of "heap, lump, rounded object," also "head" and its metaphoric extensions. With cognates in other Germanic languages; of uncertain origin and development. "The N.E.D. recognizes eight nouns cob, with numerous sub-groups. Like other monosyllables common in the dial[ect] its hist[ory] is inextricable" [Weekley]. In the 2nd print edition, the number stands at 11. Some senses are probably from Old English copp "top, head," others probably from Old Norse kubbi or Low German, all perhaps from a Proto-Germanic base *kubb- "something rounded." Among the earliest attested English senses are "headman, chief," and "male swan," both early 15c., but the surname Cobb (1066) suggests Old English used a form of the word as a nickname for "big, leading man." The "corn shoot" sense is attested by 1680s.

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off the cob, rough as a cob

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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