cobber

[ kob-er ]
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nounAustralian.
  1. a close fellow male friend; chum; pal.

Origin of cobber

1
First recorded in 1890–95; of uncertain origin

Words Nearby cobber

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How to use cobber in a sentence

  • One of our two surviving dogs (since the death of our beloved yellow Lab cobber) is a Cavalier.

    Dogs: Odd like Humans | David Frum | January 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • cobber's smell was not as universally endearing as his sound, although I always liked it.

    RIP Cobber | David Frum | October 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • By the end of the day, cobber had won him over too, and it was that boy who walked cobber out of the classroom to my wife's car.

    RIP Cobber | David Frum | October 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • A local vet recommended a new anti-inflammatory drug, and bought cobber a last two months of active life.

    RIP Cobber | David Frum | October 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He isolated himself, crossed his arms, refused even to look at cobber.

    RIP Cobber | David Frum | October 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • No place here for an honest cop—not with elections coming up, cobber.

    Police Your Planet | Lester del Rey
  • Perhaps that was what the police counted on—that cobber would save them an arrest.

    Tangle Hold | F. L. Wallace
  • cobber was a little man, but he was no stranger to violence and he had the weapons.

    Tangle Hold | F. L. Wallace
  • cobber had been looking for a spy mechanism, a mechanical device in Jadiver's body.

    Tangle Hold | F. L. Wallace
  • cobber, I already own a joint there—a nice one, they tell me.

    Police Your Planet | Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for cobber

cobber

/ (ˈkɒbə) /


noun
  1. Australian and NZ informal a friend; mate: used as a term of address to males

Origin of cobber

1
C19: from dialect cob to take a liking to someone

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