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[kob-er] /ˈkɒb ər/
noun, Australian
a close fellow male friend; chum; pal.
Origin of cobber
1890-95; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cobber
  • cobber's smell was not as universally endearing as his sound, although I always liked it.

    RIP Cobber David Frum September 30, 2012
  • By the end of the day, cobber had won him over too, and it was that boy who walked cobber out of the classroom to my wife's car.

    RIP Cobber David Frum September 30, 2012
  • He isolated himself, crossed his arms, refused even to look at cobber.

    RIP Cobber David Frum September 30, 2012
British Dictionary definitions for cobber


(Austral & NZ, informal) a friend; mate: used as a term of address to males
Word Origin
C19: from dialect cob to take a liking to someone
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