/ (ˈkɒbləz) British slang /

pl n
  1. rubbish; nonsense: a load of old cobblers

  2. another word for testicles: See testicle

  1. an exclamation of strong disagreement

Origin of 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

Words Nearby cobblers

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How to use cobblers in a sentence

  • One of these yellow-skinned cobblers will make a pair of Vel-Schoenen in less than a couple of hours.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
  • The children and cobblers and shop-keepers buying with the yellow gold the "thousand years old names!"

  • Yonder lies the district called the 'Forêt Noire'--a land of unpleasing atmosphere inhabited by cobblers and clothes-menders.

    In the Days of My Youth | Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • Only those who toil in the forests don the uncouth boots turned out by the firm of cobblers known as Block & Nicklestick.

    West Wind Drift | George Barr McCutcheon
  • Young America sipping cobblers, and roving about in very loose and immoral coats, voted it "a case."