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[kob] /kɒb/
noun
1.
a corncob.
2.
a male swan.
3.
a short-legged, thick-set horse, often having a high gait and frequently used for driving.
4.
British. a mixture of clay and straw, used as a building material.
5.
British Dialect. a rounded mass or lump.
6.
a crude silver or gold Spanish-American coin of the 16th to 18th centuries, characteristically irregular in shape and bearing only a partial impression of the dies from which it was struck.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English cobbe male swan, leader of a gang; these and various subsequent senses are obscurely related and probably in part of distinct orig.
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British Dictionary definitions for cob

cob1

/kɒb/
noun
1.
a male swan
2.
a thickset short-legged type of riding and draught horse
3.
4.
(Brit) another name for hazel (sense 1)
5.
a small rounded lump or heap of coal, ore, etc
6.
(Brit & NZ) a building material consisting of a mixture of clay and chopped straw
7.
(Brit) Also called cob loaf. a round loaf of bread
verb cobs, cobbing, cobbed
8.
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to beat, esp on the buttocks
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; probably related to Icelandic kobbi seal; see cub

cob2

/kɒb/
noun
1.
an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus) See also gull1
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kob, kobbe

cobnut

/ˈkɒbˌnʌt/
noun
1.
other names for a hazelnut
Word Origin
C16: from earlier cobylle nut; see cobble1, nut
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Word Origin and History for cob
cob
"The N.E.D. recognizes eight nouns cob, with numerous sub-groups. Like other monosyllables common in the dial. its hist. is inextricable" [Weekley]. In the latest edition, the number stands at 11. Some senses are probably from O.E. copp "top, head," others probably from O.N. kubbi or Low Ger., all perhaps from a P.Gmc. base *kubb- "something rounded."
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Slang definitions & phrases for cob

cob

Related Terms

off the cob, rough as a cob


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

COB

  1. chip on board
  2. close of business
  3. coordination of benefits
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