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[bluhb-er] /ˈblʌb ər/
Zoology. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made.
excess body fat.
an act of weeping noisily and without restraint.
verb (used without object)
to weep noisily and without restraint:
Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.
verb (used with object)
to say, especially incoherently, while weeping:
The child seemed to be blubbering something about a lost ring.
to contort or disfigure (the features) with weeping.
disfigured with blubbering; blubbery:
She dried her blubber eyes.
fatty; swollen; puffed out (usually used in combination):
thick, blubber lips; blubber-faced.
Origin of blubber
1250-1300; Middle English bluber bubble, bubbling water, entrails, whale oil; apparently imitative
Related forms
blubberer, noun
blubberingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Sometimes he wants to borrow a flint, or blubber, or something else.

  • To grapple with this rigour one should have fed all one's life on blubber.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • Both the blubber and entrails are deposited in a119 place together, especially prepared for the purpose.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • Them chaps, whoever they are, have been killing seals and boiling the blubber.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Matters were getting bad after one boat had been burned and there was no blubber left for cooking.

  • The skins were needed for boots, the flesh for dog food, and the blubber for oil.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Then into the hollow goes the whalebone, so, tightly coiled, and another piece of blubber is fitted over the whale-bone.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • The implements with which blubber is "made off," or cut for stowing away.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • No sooner was the last of the blubber lowered into the hold than the hatches were put on and the head hauled up alongside.

    Sea Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for blubber


to sob without restraint
to utter while sobbing
(transitive) to make (the face) wet and swollen or disfigured by crying
a thick insulating layer of fatty tissue below the skin of aquatic mammals such as the whale: used by man as a source of oil
(informal) excessive and flabby body fat
the act or an instance of weeping without restraint
(Austral) an informal name for jellyfish
(often in combination) swollen or fleshy: blubber-faced, blubber-lips
Derived Forms
blubberer, noun
Word Origin
C12: perhaps from Low German blubbern to bubble, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blubber

late 14c., blober "a bubble, bubbling water; foaming waves," probably echoic of bubbling water. Original notion of "bubbling, foaming" survives in the figurative verbal meaning "to weep, cry" (c.1400). Meaning "whale fat" first attested 1660s; earlier it was used in reference to jellyfish (c.1600) and of whale oil (mid-15c.). As an adjective from 1660s.


late 14c., "to seethe, bubble," from blubber (n.). Meaning "to cry, to overflow with weeping" is from c.1400. Related: Blubbered; blubbering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blubber in Science
The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals. It insulates the animal from heat loss and serves as a food reserve.
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Slang definitions & phrases for blubber



Fat; avoirdupois (1700s+)


To weep; snivel (1300s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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