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cobble1

[kob-uh l]
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verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to mend (shoes, boots, etc.); patch.
  2. to put together roughly or clumsily.
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Origin of cobble1

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

cobble2

[kob-uh l]
noun
  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.
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verb (used with object), cob·bled, cob·bling.
  1. to pave with cobblestones.
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Origin of cobble2

1595–1605; perhaps cob + -le; see cobblestone
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Examples from the Web for cobbled

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Patsy

    S. R. Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for cobbled

cobble1

noun
  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
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verb
  1. (tr) to pave (a road) with cobblestones
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See also cobbles
Derived Formscobbled, adjective

Word Origin

C15 (in cobblestone): from cob 1

cobble2

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

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

cobble

n.

"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.

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cobble

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cobbled in Science

cobble

[kŏbəl]
  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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