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gobdaw Line breaks: gob¦daw
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒbdɔː/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of gobdaw in English:


informal, chiefly Irish
A foolish or pretentious person.
Example sentences
  • And all the time fighting at sleep to make a mental note of gobdaws in the media and on county board/officialdom who don't know what they are taking about.
  • Gubu Nation's 311 pages are filled with all manner of uniquely Irish weirdos, gobdaws, sleeveens, gombeens and yahoos.
  • For instance, some gobdaw gets up and says it it not right to have people drinking on out streets and so we have by-laws covering what is or can be a very civilised practice.


1960s: of unknown origin; compare with Irish gabhdán 'gullible person'.

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