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Origin of gobbet

1275–1325; Middle English gobet < Old French: a mouthful, diminutive of gobe. See -et
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  1. a chunk, lump, or fragment, esp of raw meat

Word Origin for gobbet

C14: from Old French gobet, from gober to gulp down
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Word Origin and History for gobbet

late 13c., "a fragment," from Old French gobet "piece, mouthful," diminutive of gobe (see gob).

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