- a fragment or piece, especially of raw flesh.
- a lump or mass.
Origin of gobbet
1275–1325; Middle English gobet < Old French: a mouthful, diminutive of gobe. See -et
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Examples from the Web for gobbet
And a gobbet we have received of the civil laws, because of the equity that seemeth to be in them.Against War
She used those very words, without a blink, and Pignaver swallowed the flattery as a dog bolts a gobbet of meat.Stradella
F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Colonel Gobbet was not allowed to enter Scotland, but was seized at Berwick and put in prison.
And now he had bitten off a piece of them, together with a gobbet of my own flesh.
- a chunk, lump, or fragment, esp of raw meat
C14: from Old French gobet, from gober to gulp down
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Word Origin and History for gobbet
late 13c., "a fragment," from Old French gobet "piece, mouthful," diminutive of gobe (see gob).
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