[ kob-ler ]
/ ˈkɒb lər /


a person who mends shoes.
a deep-dish fruit pie with a rich biscuit crust, usually only on top.
an iced drink made of wine or liquor, fruits, sugar, etc.
a fabric rejected because of defective dyeing or finishing.
a mummichog.
Archaic. a clumsy workman.

Origin of cobbler

1250–1300; Middle English cobelere, equivalent to cobel (< ?) + -ere -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cobblers (1 of 3)

/ (ˈkɒbləz) British slang /

pl n

rubbish; nonsensea load of old cobblers
another word for testiclesSee testicle


an exclamation of strong disagreement

Word Origin for cobblers

C20: from rhyming slang cobblers' awls balls

usage for cobblers

The use of cobblers meaning "nonsense" is so mild that hardly anyone these days is likely to be offended by it. Most people are probably unaware of its rhyming-slang association with ``balls'', and therefore take it at its face value as a more colourful synonym for ``nonsense''. The classic formulation "a load of (old) cobblers" seems to be particularly popular in the tabloid press

British Dictionary definitions for cobblers (2 of 3)

/ (ˈkɒblə) /


a person who makes or mends shoes

Word Origin for cobbler

C13 (as surname): of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for cobblers (3 of 3)

/ (ˈkɒblə) /


a sweetened iced drink, usually made from fruit and wine or liqueur
mainly US a hot dessert made of fruit covered with a rich cakelike crust

Word Origin for cobbler

C19: (for sense 1) perhaps shortened from cobbler's punch; (for both senses) compare cobble (vb)
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Idioms and Phrases with cobblers


see stick to one's last.

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