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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blubbering

British Dictionary definitions for blubbering



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 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 blubbering
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Science definitions for 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.
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