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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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  • He snorted and smacked his slobbering lips, and plunged into the shadows again.

  • So quit goggling and slobbering at me, you wall-eyed, slimy, fat toad.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • The second wolf, with slobbering bloody jaws, turned to listen, the flock of sheep snorted and stamped in the snow.

  • After finding that slobbering and wringing your hands did no good.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • Startling doctrine this to the slobbering vicegerent of God, conceding to the people acts to be revoked at his pleasure.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • After slobbering over it awhile, he compelled the white women to eat it.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • He had recalled Andrew now, and the dog was slobbering happily at his feet.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • The rest of his time he chiefly passed in hugging and slobbering his favourites.

  • Maskull caught one glimpse of a vulgar, slobbering face—and then that too disappeared.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
British Dictionary definitions for slobbering


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
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Word Origin and History for slobbering



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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