a swelling of fresh plasterwork.

Origin of blub

First recorded in 1550–60; variant of blob Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blub

Historical Examples of blub

  • He says no one has ever seen a Gherkin blub; if they have to, they go and do it somewhere else.

  • Muriel would be sure to blub; Chuck had seen her that morning.


    Dorothy Whitehill

  • Christy got very red and looked as if he was going to blub and said that was all.

    Lost Diaries

    Maurice Baring

  • Like to see them sitting round in a ring with blub lips, entranced, listening.


    James Joyce

  • Only kick their souls out of 'em, and they go and blub in the box-rooms.

    Stalky & Co.

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for blub


verb blubs, blubbing or blubbed

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

Word Origin and History for blub

"fit of weeping," 1894, imitative. As a verb by 1843. Related: Blubbed; blubbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper