verb (used with object), cob·webbed, cob·web·bing.
Origin of cobweb
Examples from the Web for cobwebs
That he ends up not lighting a lamp but tangled in the cobwebs is one of the truths of this valuable book.
Gregg sent me a video and in it, they describe it as “clearing the cobwebs from the air” and “stepping over a dead body.”Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World|Marlow Stern|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That night, I dreamed of a square, three-story, concrete building that was dark and dingy with filth, dust, and cobwebs.A Brigham Young University Professor’s Escape from Mormonism|Lynn K. Wilder|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was free, and getting to my feet began quietly to brush the shreds of cobwebs from face and clothes.Old Farm Fairies:|Henry Christopher McCook
And he 309must needs have Tiny Tim, also, to banish the cobwebs from his soul with his fervent “God bless us every one.”The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
Gradually the night air swept away the cobwebs, and he began to see things in a clearer light.The Hero of Garside School|J. Harwood Panting
Well, there's a little more packin' to do; then I thought I'd go down to that parsonage and take a whack at the cobwebs.Keziah Coffin|Joseph C. Lincoln
She always blew his cobwebs away like this, with a puff of humorous mountain air.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (2 of 2)
Word Origin for cobweb
Word Origin and History for cobwebs
early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).