clobber

1
[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /

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.

Origin of clobber

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

Definition for clobbered (2 of 3)

clobber

3
[ 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

Definition for clobbered (3 of 3)

clobber

4
[ klob-er ]
/ ˈklɒb ər /

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

Regional variation note

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

clobber

1
/ (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 clobbered (2 of 3)

clobber

2
/ (ˈklɒbə) /

noun

British slang personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories

Word Origin for clobber

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for clobbered (3 of 3)

clobber

3
/ (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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Word Origin and History for clobbered

clobber


v.

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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