gob

1
[ gob ]
/ gɒb /

noun

a mass or lump.
gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money.
Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material.

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Origin of gob

1
1350–1400; Middle English gobbe, variant of gobet gobbet

Definition for gob (2 of 4)

gob2
[ gob ]
/ gɒb /

noun Slang.

a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.

Origin of gob

2
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain

Definition for gob (3 of 4)

gob3
[ gob ]
/ gɒb /

noun Slang.

the mouth.

Origin of gob

3
1540–50; perhaps < Scots Gaelic gob mouth, beak

Definition for gob (4 of 4)

gob4
[ gob ]
/ gɒb /
British Dialect

verb (used without object), gobbed, gob·bing, noun

Origin of gob

4
First recorded in 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for gob (1 of 3)

gob1
/ (ɡɒb) /

noun

a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance
(often plural) informal a great quantity or amount
mining
  1. waste material such as clay, shale, etc
  2. a worked-out area in a mine often packed with this
a lump of molten glass used to make a piece of glassware
informal a globule of spittle or saliva

verb gobs, gobbing or gobbed

(intr) British informal to spit

Word Origin for gob

C14: from Old French gobe lump, from gober to gulp down; see gobbet

British Dictionary definitions for gob (2 of 3)

gob2
/ (ɡɒb) /

noun

US slang an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy

Word Origin for gob

C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gob (3 of 3)

gob3
/ (ɡɒb) /

noun

a slang word (esp Brit) for the mouth

Word Origin for gob

C16: perhaps from Gaelic gob
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