[ slob-er ]
/ ˈslɒb ər /

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.

Nearby words

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

Also slabber.

Origin of slobber

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

Related formsslob·ber·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slobbering



/ (ˈslɒbə) /


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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