Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

slob

[slob] /slɒb/
noun
1.
a slovenly or boorish person.
2.
Irish English. mud or ooze, especially a stretch of mud along a shore.
3.
Chiefly Canadian. sludge (def 5).
Origin of slob
1770-1780
1770-80; < Irish slab(a) mud, mire
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for slob
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He's a big man and I'm a slob; but all of that doesn't seem to count with him.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Now it is "slob" mixed with snow born on the Newfoundland coast.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • You were the one who thought this particular average man was a slob.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • "You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Pal Arthur is all very well, but at bossing a bit of a slob.

  • What are you talking nonsense—act like a slob, Mr. Trinkmann?

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • The packed "slob" was "running abroad," as the fisher-folk say.

  • The sandwich-man had been amiably told by Andrew Barrett, "Hold the pose, you slob!"

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • It had been an ideal costume to struggle through the slob ice.

    Adrift on an Ice-Pan Wilfred T. Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for slob

slob

/slɒb/
noun
1.
(informal) a slovenly, unattractive, and lazy person
2.
(Irish) mire
Derived Forms
slobbish, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Irish slab mud; compare slab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for slob
n.

1780, "mud, muddy land," from Irish slab "mud, mire dirt," itself probably borrowed from English slab "muddy place" (c.1600), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icelandic slabb "sludge"). The meaning "untidy person" is first recorded 1887, from earlier expressions such as slob of a man (1861).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for slob

slob

noun

  1. A pudgy, generally unattractive, and untidy person: You great, fat slob!/ a big slob with a chin that stuck out like a shelf
  2. A slovenly and disorderly person; a sloppy and disheveled person: What a slob! You'd think his room was the town dump
  3. A mediocre person, esp one who is likely to fail or be victimized: just another poor slob

[1861+; fr Anglo-Irish, used affectionately of a quiet, fat, slow child]

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

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for slob

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for slob

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for slob