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gobbet Line breaks: gob¦bet
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒbɪt/

Definition of gobbet in English:


1A piece or lump of flesh, food, or viscous matter: a torn-off gobbet of flesh
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  • In the 16th and 17th centuries it meant a lump or gobbet of food such as bread, cheese, or bacon.
  • Those who reached out to help the more severely disabled drew back their hands only to find they were holding gobbets of charred flesh.
  • The second volley tore through the British ranks, ricocheting off guns and bone, spattering the beach with gobbets of flesh and brain as the redcoat charge was stopped dead in its tracks.
2An extract from a text, especially one set for translation or comment in an examination: the poetry was mainly seen as a quarry for gobbets
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  • For Richardson, the self-made former apprentice boy, who later gave Clarissa the appearance of literariness by inserting gobbets from a dictionary of literary ‘beauties’, the charge was altogether more significant.
  • He deals with it in a final chapter that takes up about 40 pages consisting of picture captions and gobbets.
  • Boxes on most pages give generous gobbets of fact about food words, food history and myths and misunderstandings of cooks gone by.


Middle English: from Old French gobet, diminutive of gobe (see gob1).

Words that rhyme with gobbet

Cobbett, hobbit, obit, probit

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