gob

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[ gob ]
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noun
  1. a mass or lump.

  2. gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money.

  1. Also called goaf .Mining. waste or barren material.

Origin of gob

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English gobbe, variant of gobet “a mouthful, lump”; see gobbet

Other definitions for gob (2 of 4)

gob2
[ gob ]

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

Origin of gob

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

Other definitions for gob (3 of 4)

gob3
[ gob ]

nounChiefly British Slang.
  1. the mouth.

Origin of gob

3
First recorded in 1540–50; perhaps from Gaelic gob “mouth, beak”

Other definitions for gob (4 of 4)

gob4
[ gob ]

verb (used without object), noungobbed, gob·bing,

Origin of gob

4
First recorded in 1680–85; cf. gabble

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How to use gob in a sentence

  • And the amazing man drew out of his torn flapping furs the gobs of meat he had cut from the dead bear.

  • So with our bone knives we hacked off gobs of the still warm flesh, covered with great layers of fat.

  • The rain had soaked our lunch as well as us and we threw it away in gobs; we counted on supper in Green Valley.

    Pluck on the Long Trail | Edwin L. Sabin
  • The trunk of the larger was deeply scored with scratches dripping viscid gobs of sap, a sap which was a bright froth of scarlet.

    Storm Over Warlock | Andre Norton
  • We'll go aboard with his party not as officers, but as gobs.

    Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen

British Dictionary definitions for gob (1 of 3)

gob1

/ (ɡɒb) /


noun
  1. a lump or chunk, esp of a soft substance

  2. (often plural) informal a great quantity or amount

  1. mining

    • waste material such as clay, shale, etc

    • a worked-out area in a mine often packed with this

  2. a lump of molten glass used to make a piece of glassware

  3. informal a globule of spittle or saliva

verbgobs, gobbing or gobbed
  1. (intr) British informal to spit

Origin of gob

1
C14: from Old French gobe lump, from gober to gulp down; see gobbet

British Dictionary definitions for gob (2 of 3)

gob2

/ (ɡɒb) /


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

Origin of gob

2
C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gob (3 of 3)

gob3

/ (ɡɒb) /


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

Origin of gob

3
C16: perhaps from Gaelic gob

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