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gob1

[gob]
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noun
  1. a mass or lump.
  2. gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money.
  3. Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material.
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Origin of gob1

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

gob2

[gob]
noun Slang.
  1. a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.
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Origin of gob2

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain

gob3

[gob]
noun Slang.
  1. the mouth.
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Origin of gob3

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

gob4

[gob]British Dialect
verb (used without object), gobbed, gob·bing, noun
  1. gab1.
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Origin of gob4

First recorded in 1685–95
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  • 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

gob1

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
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verb gobs, gobbing or gobbed
  1. (intr) British informal to spit
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Word Origin

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

gob2

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

C20: of unknown origin

gob3

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

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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