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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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  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


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Historical Examples

  • 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



  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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  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 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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