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slobber

[slob-er]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to let saliva or liquid run from the mouth; slaver; drivel.
  2. to indulge in mawkish sentimentality: My family slobbered all over me when I finally got home.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to wet or make foul by slobbering: The baby has slobbered his bib.
  2. to let (saliva or liquid) run from the mouth: The baby slobbered milk on his bib.
  3. to utter with slobbering: He sobbed and slobbered the bad news.
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noun
  1. saliva or liquid dribbling from the mouth; slaver.
  2. mawkishly sentimental speech or actions.
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Also slabber.

Origin of slobber

1350–1400; Middle English (noun and v.), variant of slabber. See slab2, -er6
Related formsslob·ber·er, noun

Synonyms

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1. drool, dribble, slop.
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Examples from the Web for slobber

Historical Examples

  • If we go in all I ask is for God's sake let's keep our eyes open and not slobber around.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Merely to "slobber" over a book or a person is not one of my characteristics.

    Why we should read

    S. P. B. Mais

  • When she's in love, can she do anything but snivel and slobber?

  • But there was plenty of incentive to hurry and scamp and slobber and botch.

  • Why, education would teach a German not to slobber at his meals.

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry


British Dictionary definitions for slobber

slobber

slabber

verb
  1. to dribble (saliva, food, etc) from the mouth
  2. (intr) to speak or write mawkishly
  3. (tr) to smear with matter dribbling from the mouth
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noun
  1. liquid or saliva spilt from the mouth
  2. maudlin language or behaviour
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Derived Formsslobberer or slabberer, nounslobbery or slabbery, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slubberen; see slaver ²
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Word Origin and History for slobber

v.

c.1400, probably of imitative origin; cf. Frisian slobberje "to slurp," Middle Low German slubberen "slurp," Middle Dutch overslubberen "wade through a ditch." Related: Slobbered; slobbering. As noun from c.1400 as "mud, slime," 1755 as "saliva." Congreve has slabber (v.), from Middle Dutch slabberen.

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