clobber

1
[klob-er]
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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.

Origin of clobber

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

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clobber

3
[klob-er]
verb (used with object)
  1. 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

clobber

4
[klob-er]
noun, verb (used without object) South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. clabber.

Regional variation note

See clabber.
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Related Words for clobbered

thrash, drub, smother, wallop, trim, smash, lick, smear, shellac, slam, lambaste, blast, slug, whip, belt

Examples from the Web for clobbered

Contemporary Examples of clobbered

Historical Examples of clobbered

  • 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

clobber

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

Word Origin for clobber

C20: of unknown origin

clobber

2
noun
  1. British slang personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories

Word Origin for clobber

C19: of unknown origin

clobber

3
verb
  1. (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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