cobweb

[kob-web]
noun
1.
a web spun by a spider to entrap its prey.
2.
a single thread spun by a spider.
3.
something resembling a cobweb; anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.
4.
a network of plot or intrigue; an insidious snare.
5.
cobwebs, confusion, indistinctness, or lack of order: I'm so tired my head is full of cobwebs.
verb (used with object), cobwebbed, cobwebbing.
6.
to cover with or as with cobwebs: Spiders cobwebbed the cellar.
7.
to confuse or muddle: Drunkenness cobwebbed his mind.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English coppeweb, derivative of Old English -coppe spider (in ātorcoppe poison spider); cognate with Middle Dutch koppe; see web

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cobweb (ˈkɒbˌwɛb)
 
n
1.  a web spun by certain spiders, esp those of the family Theridiidae, often found in the corners of disused rooms
2.  a single thread of such a web
3.  something like a cobweb, as in its flimsiness or ability to trap
 
[C14 cob, from coppe, from Old English (ātor)coppe spider; related to Middle Dutch koppe spider, Swedish (dialect) etterkoppa]
 
'cobwebbed
 
adj
 
'cobwebby
 
adj

cobwebs (ˈkɒbˌwɛbz)
 
pl n
1.  mustiness, confusion, or obscurity
2.  informal stickiness of the eyelids experienced upon first awakening

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Word Origin & History

cobweb
1323, first element is O.E. -coppe in atorcoppe "spider," lit. "poison-head" (see attercop). Cob for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).
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Example sentences
Do strive in the future to clear the cobwebs before responding.
He shook the weekend's cobwebs from his head and mumbled hello.
Or rather down there, buried deep in the ground beneath old tombs, covered in
  cobwebs and arcane inscriptions.
It was little but bedsteads and cobwebs up there, and she didn't want to
  believe in ghosts or anything similar.
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