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[slob] /slɒb/
a slovenly or boorish person.
Irish English. mud or ooze, especially a stretch of mud along a shore.
Chiefly Canadian. sludge (def 5).
Origin of slob
1770-80; < Irish slab(a) mud, mire Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slob
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  • 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


(informal) a slovenly, unattractive, and lazy person
(Irish) mire
Derived Forms
slobbish, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Irish slab mud; compare slab
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Word Origin and History for slob

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
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Slang definitions & phrases for slob



  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.
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