gob

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[gob]
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Origin of gob

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

gob

2
[gob]
noun Slang.
  1. a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.

Origin of gob

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An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain

gob

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[gob]
noun Slang.
  1. the mouth.

Origin of gob

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

gob

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[gob]British Dialect
verb (used without object), gobbed, gob·bing, noun
  1. gab1.

Origin of gob

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First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for gobs

Contemporary Examples of gobs

  • Conservative evangelicalism is losing millennials in gobs, and the World Vision fallout is sure to only accelerate the fallout.

    The Daily Beast logo
    World Vision’s Gay Compromise

    Brad Kramer

    March 26, 2014

Historical Examples of gobs

  • The muck gave every step a slurping sound, and it clung in gobs.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • Avoid putting on the adhesive material in "gobs and slathers."

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • We'll go aboard with his party not as officers, but as gobs.

    Dave Dawson at Truk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • Nobody ever looks at a couple of gobs in a vice-admiral's inspection party.

    Dave Dawson at Truk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • I gave out we just dropped in for fresh vegetables and fruit and I expect my gobs have loaded up by now.


British Dictionary definitions for gobs

gob

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

Word Origin for gob

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

gob

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noun
  1. US slang an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy

Word Origin for gob

C20: of unknown origin

gob

3
noun
  1. a slang word (esp Brit) for the mouth

Word Origin for gob

C16: perhaps from Gaelic gob
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Word Origin and History for gobs

gob

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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