[kob-uh l]
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Origin of cobble

First recorded in 1490–1500; apparently back formation from cobbler


[kob-uh l]
  1. a cobblestone.
  2. cobbles, coal in lumps larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder.
  3. Metalworking.
    1. a defect in a rolled piece resulting from loss of control over its movement.
    2. Slang.a piece showing bad workmanship.
verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to pave with cobblestones.

Origin of cobble

1595–1605; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of cobbled

Historical Examples of cobbled

  • He was very poor, and to support his family he 'cobbled' for his neighbors.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • From outside came a clatter of hoofs on the cobbled roadway.

  • Up the gray cobbled streets and away on the headlands, he would think of it.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • Sometimes, in the evening, he cobbled the boots or mended the kettle or his pit-bottle.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Fish-scales glistened on the cobbled quays of the little port.


    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for cobbled


  1. short for cobblestone
  2. geology a rock fragment, often rounded, with a diameter of 64–256 mm and thus smaller than a boulder but larger than a pebble
  1. (tr) to pave (a road) with cobblestones
See also cobbles
Derived Formscobbled, adjective

Word Origin for cobble

C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1


verb (tr)
  1. to make or mend (shoes)
  2. to put together clumsily

Word Origin for cobble

C15: back formation from cobbler 1
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Word Origin and History for cobbled



"paving stone; worn, rounded stone," c.1600, earlier cobblestone, probably a diminutive of cob in some sense. The verb in this sense is from 1690s. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.



"to mend clumsily," late 15c., perhaps a back-formation from cobbler (n.1), or from cob, via a notion of lumps. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cobbled in Science


  1. A rock fragment larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder. Pebbles have a diameter between 64 and 256 mm (2.56 and 10.24 inches) and are often rounded.
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