[ kob ]
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  1. a corncob.

  2. a male swan.

  1. a short-legged, thick-set horse, often having a high gait and frequently used for driving.

  2. British. a mixture of clay and straw, used as a building material.

  3. British Dialect. a rounded mass or lump.

  4. a crude silver or gold Spanish-American coin of the 16th to 18th centuries, characteristically irregular in shape and bearing only a partial impression of the dies from which it was struck.

Origin of cob

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English cobbe “male swan, leader of a gang”; these and various subsequent senses are obscurely related and probably in part of distinct origin

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Other definitions for COB (2 of 2)


  1. close of business: The data analysis will be on your desk by COB Wednesday. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cob in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cob (1 of 2)


/ (kɒb) /

  1. a male swan

  2. a thickset short-legged type of riding and draught horse

  1. British another name for hazel (def. 1)

  2. a small rounded lump or heap of coal, ore, etc

  3. British and NZ a building material consisting of a mixture of clay and chopped straw

  4. Also called: cob loaf British a round loaf of bread

verbcobs, cobbing or cobbed
  1. (tr) British informal to beat, esp on the buttocks

Origin of cob

C15: of uncertain origin; probably related to Icelandic kobbi seal; see cub

British Dictionary definitions for cob (2 of 2)



/ (kɒb) /

  1. an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus): See also gull 1

Origin of cob

C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kob, kobbe

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