- 1A lump of a viscous or slimy substance: a gob of phlegmMore example sentences
- ‘I understand that feeling,’ I said softly as I picked out the chocolate chips from my gob of dough and put them in my mouth.
- A bowl accompanied by a plate of three perogies, a scoop of mashed potatoes and a gob of the ubiquitous sour cream makes a filling, comforting and extremely thrifty supper.
- Suddenly they're dressed to the hilt in 1980s sunglasses, shorts, and a thick gob of zinc oxide on their noses.
- 2 (gobs of) North American A large amount of: they pumped gobs of money into the candidates' election coffersMore example sentences
- I have heaps and gobs of miles which will be credited to my account soon… but not soon enough to get tickets.
- Some ‘market player’ was willing to throw oodles and gobs of money at the market to prevent it from falling.
- Both load up their arguments with gobs of personal invective, which also makes me suspicious of their arguments.
verb (gobs, gobbing, gobbed)[no object] British Back to top
- Spit.More example sentences
- It implies not gobbing on passersby, not binge drinking while getting pregnant at the age of 12, not taking photos with a mobile while your friends throw up on bus passengers, and definitely not wearing hoodies.
- Rather than gobbing on the campfire, Lydon has been sharing his recipe for watercress soup; the closest he got to his trademark sneer was when he was coated in molasses and birdseed and sent out to battle a flock of ostriches.
- Then he cleared his sinuses by gobbing all over his shoe, looked through the frosted glass of the front door, and then walked off towards the city.
late Middle English: from Old French gobe 'mouthful, lump', from gober 'to swallow, gulp', perhaps of Celtic origin.
nounBritish • informal
- A person’s mouth: Jean told him to shut his big gobMore example sentences
- I am going to try to be very careful in my language usage here, as I have a knack of putting my size tens, fairly and firmly in my oversized gob
- Will, however, did not succumb to what Maria feared, but actually managed the arduous task of keeping his big gob shut.
- The Home Office says all new passport photographs must be of an unsmiling face with its gob firmly shut because open mouths can confuse facial recognition systems.
mid 16th century: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic gob 'beak, mouth'.