verb (used without object)

to let saliva or liquid run from the mouth; slaver; drivel.
to indulge in mawkish sentimentality: My family slobbered all over me when I finally got home.

verb (used with object)


saliva or liquid dribbling from the mouth; slaver.
mawkishly sentimental speech or actions.

Also slabber.

Origin of slobber

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

Synonyms for slobber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slobbering

froth, drip, drivel, salivate, slaver, dribble, slabber

Examples from the Web for slobbering

Contemporary Examples of slobbering

  • We see her as a slobbering drunk and later hunched over a toilet with her finger down her throat.

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    Kim Cattrall Strips Down

    Gina Piccalo

    April 7, 2011

Historical Examples of slobbering

  • You were like a baby, slobbering and whimpering in your sleep.

    Second Sight

    Basil Eugene Wells

  • So quit goggling and slobbering at me, you wall-eyed, slimy, fat toad.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • After finding that slobbering and wringing your hands did no good.

    The Rover of the Andes

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • After slobbering over it awhile, he compelled the white women to eat it.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs

  • The rest of his time he chiefly passed in hugging and slobbering his favourites.

British Dictionary definitions for slobbering




to dribble (saliva, food, etc) from the mouth
(intr) to speak or write mawkishly
(tr) to smear with matter dribbling from the mouth


liquid or saliva spilt from the mouth
maudlin language or behaviour
Derived Formsslobberer or slabberer, nounslobbery or slabbery, adjective

Word Origin for slobber

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



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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