[klab-er]South Midland and Southern U.S.
- milk that has soured and thickened; curdled milk.
- (of milk) to curdle; to become thick in souring.
Origin of clabber
1625–35; < Irish clabar short for bainne clabair bonnyclabber
Regional variation note
Clabber has many regional variations, including bonnyclabber and its variant bonnyclapper in the Northern and Midland U.S., thick milk in the Hudson River Valley and North Midland U.S., lobber and its variant lobbered milk in the Inland North, clobber in the South Midland and Southern U.S., and crud in some widely scattered areas.
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Examples from the Web for clabber
Mix with buttermilk or clabber to the consistency of biscuit.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
Buttermilk, clabber, fresh butter, disappeared in an instant.Memories
Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Then she took a tin cup full of clabber, poured a little syrup upon it, and ate it heartily.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk
Ash cake was good wid poke salad and clabber or butter milk and best of all was sweet milk!Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
We have supper at five o'clock, but usually have a bowl of clabber or a glass of milk before going to bed.The American Country Girl
Martha Foote Crow
Word Origin and History for clabber
"mud," 1824, from Irish and Gaelic clabar "mud." Also often short for bonnyclabber.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper