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cobber

[kob-er]
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noun Australian.
  1. a close fellow male friend; chum; pal.
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Origin of cobber

First recorded in 1890–95; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for cobber

Contemporary Examples

  • Cobber's smell was not as universally endearing as his sound, although I always liked it.

  • By the end of the day, Cobber had won him over too, and it was that boy who walked Cobber out of the classroom to my wife's car.

    RIP Cobber

    David Frum

    October 1, 2012

  • He isolated himself, crossed his arms, refused even to look at Cobber.

    RIP Cobber

    David Frum

    October 1, 2012

  • I rested my hand again on Cobber's head - and the wrongness was stronger.

    RIP Cobber

    David Frum

    October 1, 2012

  • Cobber had a way of identifying the one non-dog-lover among any group of visitors to our house.

    RIP Cobber

    David Frum

    October 1, 2012

Historical Examples

  • Cobber, I already own a joint there—a nice one, they tell me.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • "Heart like a steel trap, cobber," he said, almost approvingly.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Put a uniform on some men and they begin to believe they're cops, eh, cobber?

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Did you think we'd let you go without seeing you off, cobber?

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Perhaps that was what the police counted on—that Cobber would save them an arrest.

    Tangle Hold

    F. L. Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for cobber

cobber

noun
  1. Australian and NZ informal a friend; mate: used as a term of address to males
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Word Origin

C19: from dialect cob to take a liking to someone
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