- a mass or lump.
- gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money.
- Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material.
Origin of gob1
- a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.
Origin of gob2
- the mouth.
Origin of gob3
Origin of gob4
Examples from the Web for gobs
Conservative evangelicalism is losing millennials in gobs, and the World Vision fallout is sure to only accelerate the fallout.World Vision’s Gay Compromise
March 26, 2014
The muck gave every step a slurping sound, and it clung in gobs.Smugglers' Reef
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.
Nobody ever looks at a couple of gobs in a vice-admiral's inspection party.
I gave out we just dropped in for fresh vegetables and fruit and I expect my gobs have loaded up by now.The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
- a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance
- (often plural) informal a great quantity or amount
- waste material such as clay, shale, etc
- a worked-out area in a mine often packed with this
- a lump of molten glass used to make a piece of glassware
- informal a globule of spittle or saliva
- (intr) British informal to spit
- US slang an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy
- a slang word (esp Brit) for the mouth
Word Origin and History for gobs
"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).