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Origin of slob

1770–80; < Irish slab(a) mud, mire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for slob

hog, ragamuffin, boor, slattern, tatterdemalion, swine, sloven, pig

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British Dictionary definitions for slob


  1. informal a slovenly, unattractive, and lazy person
  2. Irish mire
Derived Formsslobbish, adjective

Word Origin for slob

C19: from Irish slab mud; compare slab
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Word Origin and History for slob

1780, "mud, muddy land," from Irish slab "mud, mire dirt," itself probably borrowed from English slab "muddy place" (c.1600), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icelandic slabb "sludge"). The meaning "untidy person" is first recorded 1887, from earlier expressions such as slob of a man (1861).

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