gob

1
[gob]

noun

a mass or lump.
gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money.
Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material.

Nearby words

  1. goatsbeard,
  2. goatskin,
  3. goatsucker,
  4. goaty,
  5. goaves,
  6. gob-stopper,
  7. goban,
  8. gobang,
  9. gobat,
  10. gobbet

Origin of gob

1
1350–1400; Middle English gobbe, variant of gobet gobbet

gob

2
[gob]

noun Slang.

a sailor, especially a seaman in the U.S. Navy.

Origin of gob

2
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain

gob

3
[gob]

noun Slang.

the mouth.

Origin of gob

3
1540–50; perhaps < Scots Gaelic gob mouth, beak

gob

4
[gob]British Dialect

verb (used without object), gobbed, gob·bing, noun

Origin of gob

4
First recorded in 1685–95

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British Dictionary definitions for gobs

gob

1

noun

a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance
(often plural) informal a great quantity or amount
mining
  1. waste material such as clay, shale, etc
  2. 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

gob

2

noun

US slang an enlisted ordinary seaman in the US Navy

Word Origin for gob

C20: of unknown origin

gob

3

noun

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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