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[ kob-web ]
/ ˈkɒbˌwɛb /


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.


web, fiber, network, labyrinth, gossamer, mesh, toil, net, snare, tissue, webbing

Nearby words

cobot, cobourg, cobra, cobra de capello, coburg, cobweb, cobweb houseleek, cobwebbed, cobwebby, cobwebs, coca

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒbˌwɛbz) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for cobwebs (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒbˌwɛb) /


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 Formscobwebbed, 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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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).

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