cobweb

[ kob-web ]
/ ˈkɒbˌwɛb /

noun

verb (used with object), cob·webbed, cob·web·bing.

to cover with or as with cobwebs: Spiders cobwebbed the cellar.
to confuse or muddle: Drunkenness cobwebbed his mind.

Origin of cobweb

1275–1325; Middle English coppeweb, derivative of Old English -coppe spider (in ātorcoppe poison spider); cognate with Middle Dutch koppe; see web
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British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (1 of 2)

cobwebs
/ (ˈkɒbˌwɛbz) /

pl n

mustiness, confusion, or obscurity
informal stickiness of the eyelids experienced upon first awakening

British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (2 of 2)

cobweb
/ (ˈkɒbˌwɛb) /

noun

a web spun by certain spiders, esp those of the family Theridiidae, often found in the corners of disused rooms
a single thread of such a web
something like a cobweb, as in its flimsiness or ability to trap

Derived forms of cobweb

cobwebbed, adjectivecobwebby, adjective

Word Origin for cobweb

C14 cob, from coppe, from Old English (ātor) coppe spider; related to Middle Dutch koppe spider, Swedish (dialect) etterkoppa
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