- 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.
- to weep noisily and without restraint: Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.
- 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.
Origin of blubber
Examples from the Web for blubbering
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)
February 6, 2013
"Go home and learn your manners," he had shouted at the blubbering boy.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Blood admonished him in a whisper, alarmed by the lad's blubbering.Captain Blood
"I am not crying," spluttered Cassy, who was blubbering like a baby.The Paliser case
Why, Mrs. Orville was blubbering like a baby when I entered, but she tried to hush up after a while.Eventide
- 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
Word Origin and History for blubbering
c.1400, present participle adjective from blubber (v.). Originally of fountains, springs, etc.; of weeping, from 1580s. As a verbal noun, from 1570s.
late 14c., blober "a bubble, bubbling water; foaming waves," probably echoic of bubbling water. Original notion of "bubbling, foaming" survives in the figurative verbal meaning "to weep, cry" (c.1400). Meaning "whale fat" first attested 1660s; earlier it was used in reference to jellyfish (c.1600) and of whale oil (mid-15c.). As an adjective from 1660s.
late 14c., "to seethe, bubble," from blubber (n.). Meaning "to cry, to overflow with weeping" is from c.1400. Related: Blubbered; blubbering.
- 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.