[ bluhb-er ]
/ ˈblʌb ər /
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Zoology. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made.
excess body fat.
an act of weeping noisily and without restraint.
verb (used without object)
to weep noisily and without restraint: Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.
verb (used with object)
to say, especially incoherently, while weeping: The child seemed to be blubbering something about a lost ring.
to contort or disfigure (the features) with weeping.
disfigured with blubbering; blubbery: She dried her blubber eyes.
fatty; swollen; puffed out (usually used in combination): thick, blubber lips; blubber-faced.
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Origin of blubber
1250–1300; Middle English bluber bubble, bubbling water, entrails, whale oil; apparently imitative
OTHER WORDS FROM blubberblub·ber·er, nounblub·ber·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use blubber in a sentence
I remember well reading all those columns blubbering, how can she stay with him?One’s a Weiner, the Other a Hero: Why Bill and Hillary Have Nothing in Common With Anthony and Huma|Michael Tomasky|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
From Robert De Niro to Anne Hathaway, Kevin Fallon looks at the nominees who are blubbering their way to a (possible) Oscar.Crying Oscar Nominees: Robert De Niro, Hugh Jackman & More (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|February 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I don't want to wait," cried Stover, blubbering despite himself.The Varmint|Owen Johnson
A spliced table was stretched nearly the full length of the long hall, and a great kettle of coffee was blubbering on the fire.An Arkansas Planter|Opie Percival Read
"I can't eat another mouthful, grandpa," said Georgie, still blubbering.
But poor Rawson, rocking to and fro, his head between his hands, went on blubbering softly and spoke no word.The Secret Glory|Arthur Machen
Joe made no other response than a blubbering sound, while the tears ran down and dropped briskly from his chin.Wild Western Scenes|John Beauchamp Jones
British Dictionary definitions for blubber
/ (ˈblʌbə) /
to sob without restraint
to utter while sobbing
(tr) to make (the face) wet and swollen or disfigured by crying
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
informal excessive and flabby body fat
the act or an instance of weeping without restraint
Australian an informal name for jellyfish
(often in combination) swollen or fleshyblubber-faced; blubber-lips
Derived forms of blubberblubberer, noun
Word Origin for blubber
C12: perhaps from Low German blubbern to bubble, of imitative origin
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Scientific definitions for blubber
[ blŭb′ər ]
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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