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Origin of blubber

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

OTHER WORDS FROM blubber

blub·ber·er, nounblub·ber·ing·ly, adverb

Words nearby blubber

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British Dictionary definitions for blubbering

blubber
/ (ˈblʌbə) /

verb

noun

adjective

(often in combination) swollen or fleshyblubber-faced; blubber-lips

Derived forms of blubber

blubberer, noun

Word Origin for blubber

C12: perhaps from Low German blubbern to bubble, of imitative origin
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Scientific definitions for blubbering

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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