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noun informal
  1. (functioning as singular) an object of little or no value
  2. (functioning as singular) a small device or gadget
  3. (functioning as plural) odds and ends; litter or rubbish
  4. (functioning as singular) a silly person
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Word Origin

C16 (meaning: fragments): from obsolete gobbon, probably related to gobbet
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Historical Examples

  • The sergeant called for assistance, and Gubbins was hauled up.

    For Fortune and Glory

    Lewis Hough

  • 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.

  • Gubbins, the average horse, kicks calmly at his saddler, merely as a protest.

  • She has intimacy with two families—the Grimstones and the Gubbins's.