blubberer

blubber

[bluhb-er]
noun
1.
Zoology. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made.
2.
excess body fat.
3.
an act of weeping noisily and without restraint.
verb (used without object)
4.
to weep noisily and without restraint: Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.
verb (used with object)
5.
to say, especially incoherently, while weeping: The child seemed to be blubbering something about a lost ring.
6.
to contort or disfigure (the features) with weeping.
adjective
7.
disfigured with blubbering; blubbery: She dried her blubber eyes.
8.
fatty; swollen; puffed out (usually used in combination): thick, blubber lips; blubber-faced.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bluber bubble, bubbling water, entrails, whale oil; apparently imitative

blubberer, noun
blubberingly, adverb
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blubber (ˈblʌbə)
 
vb
1.  to sob without restraint
2.  to utter while sobbing
3.  (tr) to make (the face) wet and swollen or disfigured by crying
 
n
4.  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
5.  informal excessive and flabby body fat
6.  the act or an instance of weeping without restraint
7.  (Austral) an informal name for jellyfish
 
adj
8.  (often in combination) swollen or fleshy: blubber-faced; blubber-lips
 
[C12: perhaps from Low German blubbern to bubble, of imitative origin]
 
'blubberer
 
n

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blubber
late 14c., blober "a bubble," probably echoic of bubbling water. Original notion of "bubbling, foaming" survives in the figurative meaning "to cry" (c.1400). Meaning "whale fat" first attested 1660s; earlier it was used in ref. to jellyfish (c.1600).
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blubber   (blŭb'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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