Nearby words

  1. bls.,
  2. blt,
  3. blu-ray,
  4. blu-tack,
  5. blub,
  6. blubberhead,
  7. blubbering,
  8. blubbery,
  9. blucher,
  10. bluchers

Origin of blubber

1250–1300; Middle English bluber bubble, bubbling water, entrails, whale oil; apparently imitative

Related formsblub·ber·er, nounblub·ber·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for blubber

blubber

/ (ˈblʌbə) /

verb

noun

adjective

(often in combination) swollen or fleshyblubber-faced; blubber-lips
Derived Formsblubberer, noun

Word Origin for blubber

C12: perhaps from Low German blubbern to bubble, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for blubber
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Science definitions for blubber

blubber

[ blŭbər ]

The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals. It insulates the animal from heat loss and serves as a food reserve.
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