WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), gobbed, gob·bing, noun Origin of gob 4
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British Dictionary definitions for gobbed noun a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance (often plural) informal a great quantity or amount mining waste material such as clay, shale, etc 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 noun US slang an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy Word Origin for gob
C20: of unknown origin
noun a slang word (esp Brit) for the mouth Word Origin for gob
C16: perhaps from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for gobbed n.
"a mouthful, lump," late 14c., probably from Old French
gobe "mouthful, lump," related to gober "gulp, swallow down," probably from Gaulish *gobbo- (cf. Irish gob "mouth," Gaelic gob "beak"). This Celtic source also seems to be root of gob "mouth" (mid-16c.), which is the first element in gob-stopper "a kind of large hard candy" (1928).
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