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verb (used with object) Slang.
  1. to batter severely; strike heavily: He tried to clobber me with his club.
  2. to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
  3. to denounce or criticize vigorously.
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Origin of clobber1

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; origin uncertain


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verb (used with object)
  1. to paint over existing decoration on (a ceramic piece).
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Origin of clobber3

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


noun, verb (used without object) South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. clabber.
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Regional variation note

See clabber.
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  • Priests of Ismar, and when Ed clobbered the idol Pakriaa did consider having 'em all burned alive.

    West Of The Sun

    Edgar Pangborn

  • To even suggest that all necessary information isn't contained therein, is enough to have you clobbered.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • "And get clobbered in the stampeding around between the two great powers," Kenny said dryly.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • It was Hollingwood, the metallurgist, looking unhappy with a tremendous bruise on his head where Wayne had clobbered him.

    The Judas Valley

    Gerald Vance

  • And something about the size of Luna came out of nowhere and clobbered me on the occiput.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for clobbered


verb (tr) slang
  1. to beat or batter
  2. to defeat utterly
  3. to criticize severely
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin


  1. British slang personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  1. (tr) to paint over existing decoration on (pottery)
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Word Origin

C19 (originally in the sense: to patch up): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to clobber ²
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Word Origin and History for clobbered



1941, British air force slang, probably related to bombing; possibly echoic. Related: Clobbered; clobbering. In late 19c. British slang the word principally had to do with clothing, e.g. clobber (n.) "clothes," (v.) "to dress smartly;" clobber up "to patch old clothes for reuse."

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