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gob1

[gob] /gɒb/
noun
1.
a mass or lump.
2.
gobs, Informal. a large quantity:
gobs of money.
3.
Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material.
Origin of gob1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gobbe, variant of gobet gobbet

gob2

[gob] /gɒb/
noun, Slang.
1.
a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; origin uncertain

gob3

[gob] /gɒb/
noun, Slang.
1.
the mouth.
Origin
1540-50; perhaps < Scots Gaelic gob mouth, beak

gob4

[gob] /gɒb/ British Dialect
verb (used without object), gobbed, gobbing, noun
1.
gab1 .
Origin
First recorded in 1685-95
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  • The muck gave every step a slurping sound, and it clung in gobs.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Avoid putting on the adhesive material in "gobs and slathers."

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • We'll go aboard with his party not as officers, but as gobs.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Nobody ever looks at a couple of gobs in a vice-admiral's inspection party.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I gave out we just dropped in for fresh vegetables and fruit and I expect my gobs have loaded up by now.

  • So with our bone knives we hacked off gobs of the still warm flesh, covered with great layers of fat.

  • And the amazing man drew out of his torn flapping furs the gobs of meat he had cut from the dead bear.

  • The rain had soaked our lunch as well as us and we threw it away in gobs; we counted on supper in Green Valley.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • They let him come nearer and when he was a hundred yards away Delahunty said, "By gobs, it's Cockney!"

    Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
British Dictionary definitions for gobs

gob1

/ɡɒb/
noun
1.
a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance
2.
(often pl) (informal) a great quantity or amount
3.
(mining)
  1. waste material such as clay, shale, etc
  2. a worked-out area in a mine often packed with this
4.
a lump of molten glass used to make a piece of glassware
5.
(informal) a globule of spittle or saliva
verb gobs, gobbing, gobbed
6.
(intransitive) (Brit, informal) to spit
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gobe lump, from gober to gulp down; see gobbet

gob2

/ɡɒb/
noun
1.
(US, slang) an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

gob3

/ɡɒb/
noun
1.
a slang word (esp Brit) for the mouth
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Gaelic gob
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Word Origin and History for gobs

gob

n.

"a mouthful, lump," late 14c., probably from Old French gobe "mouthful, lump," related to gober "gulp, swallow down," probably from Gaulish *gobbo- (cf. Irish gob "mouth," Gaelic gob "beak"). This Celtic source also seems to be root of gob "mouth" (mid-16c.), which is the first element in gob-stopper "a kind of large hard candy" (1928).

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gob

gob 1

noun

  1. A mass of viscous matter; blob: She chucked a big gob of plaster at me (1382+)
  2. (also gabs)A quantity, esp a large quantity: I think he's got gobs of money (1839+)

gob 2

noun

The mouth •Chiefly British use

[1550+; fr Irish]

gob 3

noun

A US Navy sailor; swabby

[1915+; perhaps fr earlier British gabby, ''coast guard; quarterdeckman,'' of unknown origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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