Definition of cobbler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒblə/


1A person whose job is mending shoes.
Example sentences
  • He also worked as a master cobbler, mending shoes.
  • Each small community would have had its local cobbler who produced shoes to fit each individual customer uniquely.
  • The old cobbler who had been mending shoes in the doorway of a building was unexpectedly replaced by a stranger.
2 [mass noun] An iced drink made with wine or sherry, sugar, and lemon: sherry cobbler
3chiefly North American A dessert consisting of fruit baked in a deep dish with a thick, cake-like crust on top: apricot cobbler
More example sentences
  • For dessert, we ordered a peach and huckleberry cobbler with vanilla gelato and four spoons.
  • We eat our chicken and kugel, and then we serve the raspberry cobbler for dessert.
  • The cobblers I usually make have crumby toppings; this one would turn out biscuity.
4 (cobblers) British informal A man’s testicles: I’ve been kicked in the cobblers a few times
From rhyming slang cobbler's awls 'balls'
4.1Nonsense: I thought it was a load of cobblers
More example sentences
  • It's all a load of cobblers really - the easiest way to ‘disarm’ the country would have been to not sell them the weapons in the first place.
  • The life industry pays lip service to the need for greater transparency, but it's a load of cobblers.
  • I've always thought your clash of civilisations thesis was - as we say here in Britain - a load of cobblers.
5Australian /NZ informal The last sheep to be shorn.
Late 19th century: pun in allusion to the cobbler's last


let the cobbler stick to his last

proverb People should only concern themselves with things they know something about.
Translating Latin ne sutor ultra crepidam, variant of ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret 'the cobbler should not judge beyond his shoe', attributed to the painter Apelles of Kos in response to criticism from a shoemaker in Pliny the Elder's Natural History ( ad 77)
Example sentences
  • My advise to the company: let the cobbler stick to his last.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with cobbler


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