slob

[ slob ]
/ slɒb /

noun

a slovenly or boorish person.
Irish English. mud or ooze, especially a stretch of mud along a shore.
Chiefly Canadian. sludge(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. sloan,
  2. sloan, john,
  3. sloane,
  4. sloane ranger,
  5. sloane square,
  6. slob ice,
  7. slobber,
  8. slobbery,
  9. slobby,
  10. slocum

Origin of slob

1770–80; < Irish slab(a) mud, mire

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British Dictionary definitions for slob

slob

/ (slɒb) /

noun

informal a slovenly, unattractive, and lazy person
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

slob

n.

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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