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gobbet

[gob-it]
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noun
  1. a fragment or piece, especially of raw flesh.
  2. a lump or mass.
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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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Historical Examples

  • And a gobbet we have received of the civil laws, because of the equity that seemeth to be in them.

    Against War

    Erasmus

  • She used those very words, without a blink, and Pignaver swallowed the flattery as a dog bolts a gobbet of meat.

    Stradella

    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • Colonel Gobbet was not allowed to enter Scotland, but was seized at Berwick and put in prison.

  • And now he had bitten off a piece of them, together with a gobbet of my own flesh.


British Dictionary definitions for gobbet

gobbet

noun
  1. a chunk, lump, or fragment, esp of raw meat
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Word Origin

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

n.

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

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