[ bluhb-er ]
See synonyms for: blubberblubbering on

  1. Zoology. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made.

  2. excess body fat.

  1. an act of weeping noisily and without restraint.

verb (used without object)
  1. to weep noisily and without restraint: Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.

verb (used with object)
  1. to say, especially incoherently, while weeping: The child seemed to be blubbering something about a lost ring.

  2. to contort or disfigure (the features) with weeping.

  1. disfigured with blubbering; blubbery: She dried her blubber eyes.

  2. fatty; swollen; puffed out (usually used in combination): thick, blubber lips; blubber-faced.

Origin of blubber

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

Other words from blubber

  • blub·ber·er, noun
  • blub·ber·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby blubber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use blubber in a sentence

  • Meanwhile, Democratic leaders blubber about racism while cynically scheming for a permanent demographic majority.

  • Scott does not come off as a conventionally conceived gigglebox made of blubber.

    Ladies’ Night | Stanley Crouch | March 29, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Besides a few crumbs, it contained a small lump of narwhal blubber and a little packet.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then he would burst rudely into my solitude and while I sopped cold water over his injured members, he would blubber.

  • Fat Boy's two hundred and eighty-odd pounds were drooped over his chair like the blubber of an exhausted, beach-stranded whale.

    The Holes and John Smith | Edward W. Ludwig
  • The faithful swallow "squid," and become a mass of blubber; the sceptics feed on solid flesh, and are thin as tigers.

  • Robinson began to blubber the moment George took his hand, spite of the money lost.

British Dictionary definitions for blubber


/ (ˈblʌbə) /

  1. to sob without restraint

  2. to utter while sobbing

  1. (tr) to make (the face) wet and swollen or disfigured by crying

  1. a thick insulating layer of fatty tissue below the skin of aquatic mammals such as the whale: used by man as a source of oil

  2. informal excessive and flabby body fat

  1. the act or an instance of weeping without restraint

  2. Australian an informal name for jellyfish

  1. (often in combination) swollen or fleshy: blubber-faced; blubber-lips

Origin of blubber

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

Derived forms of blubber

  • blubberer, noun

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Scientific definitions for blubber


[ blŭbər ]

  1. 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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