- 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
Examples from the Web for cob
People scurry past me while eating freshly roasted corn on the cob.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France
December 2, 2013
With a nod, he sent the cob on again, and Nell continued her climb.Nell, of Shorne Mills
The mechanics of realistically moving Saturn was rougher than a cob.Question of Comfort
And so it proved; I followed the directions of the groom, and the cob gave me every assistance.Lavengro
You should have seen him when I picked him up before me on the cob.That Stick
Charlotte M. Yonge
As I had a slight headache, a visit to the Cob would, I thought, do me good.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
- a male swan
- a thickset short-legged type of riding and draught horse
- short for corncob, corncob pipe, cobnut
- British another name for hazel (def. 1)
- a small rounded lump or heap of coal, ore, etc
- British and NZ a building material consisting of a mixture of clay and chopped straw
- Also called: cob loaf British a round loaf of bread
- (tr) British informal to beat, esp on the buttocks
- an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus)See also gull 1
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.