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[slob-er] /ˈslɒb ər/
verb (used without object)
to let saliva or liquid run from the mouth; slaver; drivel.
to indulge in mawkish sentimentality:
My family slobbered all over me when I finally got home.
verb (used with object)
to wet or make foul by slobbering:
The baby has slobbered his bib.
to let (saliva or liquid) run from the mouth:
The baby slobbered milk on his bib.
to utter with slobbering:
He sobbed and slobbered the bad news.
saliva or liquid dribbling from the mouth; slaver.
mawkishly sentimental speech or actions.
Also, slabber.
Origin of slobber
1350-1400; Middle English (noun and v.), variant of slabber. See slab2, -er6
Related forms
slobberer, noun
1. drool, dribble, slop. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slobber
Historical Examples
  • If we go in all I ask is for God's sake let's keep our eyes open and not slobber around.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Merely to "slobber" over a book or a person is not one of my characteristics.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • When she's in love, can she do anything but snivel and slobber?

  • But there was plenty of incentive to hurry and scamp and slobber and botch.

  • Why, education would teach a German not to slobber at his meals.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • From another man it might have been just slobber, but Henry I. Dround meant it, every word.

  • Let the Feldpastoren slobber and welcome, say I, while they gild their slobbering with such devotion as this!

  • He felt the wretched man cover his hands with kisses, mumble, and slobber over them.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • And you'd like me to follow those skinny old frumps and leggy, limp chits, that slobber and cry over that man!

  • Then I listens, and don't hear nothin' only a kina wallerin' noise an' a slobber like he was gulpin' mud.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for slobber


to dribble (saliva, food, etc) from the mouth
(intransitive) to speak or write mawkishly
(transitive) to smear with matter dribbling from the mouth
liquid or saliva spilt from the mouth
maudlin language or behaviour
Derived Forms
slobberer, slabberer, noun
slobbery, slabbery, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slubberen; see slaver²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slobber

c.1400, probably of imitative origin; cf. Frisian slobberje "to slurp," Middle Low German slubberen "slurp," Middle Dutch overslubberen "wade through a ditch." Related: Slobbered; slobbering. As noun from c.1400 as "mud, slime," 1755 as "saliva." Congreve has slabber (v.), from Middle Dutch slabberen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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