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clobber

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[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /
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verb (used with object) Slang.
to batter severely; strike heavily: He tried to clobber me with his club.
to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
to denounce or criticize vigorously.
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Origin of clobber

1
An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; origin uncertain

Other definitions for clobber (2 of 4)

clobber2
[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /

noun British, Australian Slang.
(used with a plural verb) clothes (def. 1).

Origin of clobber

2
First recorded in 1875–80; of obscure origin; cf. clobber3

Other definitions for clobber (3 of 4)

clobber3
[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /

verb (used with object)
to paint over existing decoration on (a ceramic piece).

Origin of clobber

3
First recorded in 1850–55; earlier, “to mend, patch up (clothes or shoes)”; of obscure origin

Other definitions for clobber (4 of 4)

clobber4
[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /

noun, verb (used without object) South Midland and Southern U.S.

regional variations of clobber

See clabber.
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British Dictionary definitions for clobber (1 of 3)

clobber1
/ (ˈklɒbə) /

verb (tr) slang
to beat or batter
to defeat utterly
to criticize severely

Word Origin for clobber

C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for clobber (2 of 3)

clobber2
/ (ˈklɒbə) /

noun
British slang personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories

Word Origin for clobber

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for clobber (3 of 3)

clobber3
/ (ˈklɒbə) /

verb
(tr) to paint over existing decoration on (pottery)

Word Origin for clobber

C19 (originally in the sense: to patch up): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to clobber ²
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