- (functioning as singular) an object of little or no value
- (functioning as singular) a small device or gadget
- (functioning as plural) odds and ends; litter or rubbish
- (functioning as singular) a silly person
C16 (meaning: fragments): from obsolete gobbon, probably related to gobbet
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Examples from the Web for gubbins
The sergeant called for assistance, and Gubbins was hauled up.
Some good Samaritan had, and administered it, and Gubbins was consoled.
But let it not be supposed that all Mrs. Flanagan's guests were of the Gubbins and Riley stamp.Handy Andy, Volume One
Gubbins, the average horse, kicks calmly at his saddler, merely as a protest.Mount Rainier
She has intimacy with two families—the Grimstones and the Gubbins's.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb