- a person who mends shoes.
- a deep-dish fruit pie with a rich biscuit crust, usually only on top.
- an iced drink made of wine or liquor, fruits, sugar, etc.
- a fabric rejected because of defective dyeing or finishing.
- a mummichog.
- Archaic. a clumsy workman.
Origin of cobbler
Examples from the Web for cobbler
As the story goes, Socrates engaged the cobbler and the local youth in philosophical discussions while Simon worked.Intervals: Futurefarmers at the Guggenheim
May 6, 2011
So, offer to bring a gorgeous pie (or cobbler, crisp, crumble, tart, compote or charlotte) to your next potluck invite.Profiting From the Fruit Meltdown
July 7, 2009
Sherry cobbler when you name it long; cobbler, when you name it short.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
He had often, in his bitter moments, envied the bricklayer and the cobbler.Cleo The Magnificent
And to some extent, every one, a poet be he or a cobbler, enjoys such a license.
On the following day, going again to see her, I find this cobbler there.
He was carpenter, blacksmith, cobbler, and often boat-builder and fisherman as well.The Age of Invention
- a person who makes or mends shoes
- a sweetened iced drink, usually made from fruit and wine or liqueur
- mainly US a hot dessert made of fruit covered with a rich cakelike crust
Word Origin and History for cobbler
late 13c., cobelere "one who mends shoes," of uncertain origin. It and cobble (v.) "evidently go together etymologically" [OED], but the historical record presents some difficulties. "The cobbler should stick to his last" (ne sutor ultra crepidam) is from the anecdote of Greek painter Apelles.
On one occasion a cobbler noticed a fault in the painting of a shoe, and remarking upon it to a person standing by, passed on. As soon as the man was out of sight Apelles came from his hiding-place, examined the painting, found that the cobbler's criticism was just, and at once corrected the error. ... The cobbler came by again and soon discovered that the fault he had pointed out had been remedied; and, emboldened by the success of his criticism, began to express his opinion pretty freely about the painting of the leg! This was too much for the patience of the artist, who rushed from his hiding place and told the cobbler to stick to his shoes. [William Edward Winks, "Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers," London, 1883]
[The quote is variously reported: Pliny ("Natural History" XXXV.x.36) has ne supra crepidam judicaret, while Valerius Maximus (VIII.xiii.3) gives supra plantam ascendere vetuit.]
"deep-dish fruit pie," 1859, American English, perhaps related to 14c. cobeler "wooden bowl."
Idioms and Phrases with cobbler
see stick to one's last.