- 1 (also corncob) The central cylindrical woody part of the maize ear to which the grains are attached.More example sentences
- Place the corncobs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water.
- The ‘Corncob Scarecrow’ requires students to contribute the most essential supplies for the project, corncobs and husks.
- Under the elevated train line along Roosevelt Avenue, cardboard turkeys and dried corncobs decorate storefront windows.
- 2British A round loaf of bread: a round granary cobMore example sentences
- This is a sort of British chowder, which is lovely eaten with a crusty cob, heavily spread with British butter.
- This year it was his crusty and soft rolls, Chelsea buns, and large crusty cobs which caught the adjudicator's eye resulting in a cache of trophies.
- 3 (also cobnut) A hazelnut or filbert: [as modifier]: cobnut stuffingMore example sentences
- At this time of the year fresh juicy walnuts and cobnuts are available.
- At yesterday's event, late-grown English strawberries, farm-pressed apple juice and sweet Kentish cobnuts were available.
- Dry floral scents are boosted by tangy citrus aromas that deliver fresh lemon tinged flavours with just a hint of cobnut on the finish.
- 4A powerfully built, short-legged horse: he’s got a nice young bay cob if you want to hackMore example sentences
- He just untied the pack mule from its tie to the back of the cob's saddle and led him along the cobblestone path.
- He owns a pair of cobs which pull the Romany caravan he built himself, and when the mood takes him they take to the road.
- The judge said: ‘This is a superb cob and a worthy champion.’
- 5A male swan: ganders and cobs have permanent pair bondsMore example sentences
- The male swan, or cob was unable to free itself for three days after a fishing hook became embedded in its leg and the fishing line got wrapped around it.
- The founding member of the organisation said a male cob was mowed down as it crossed the road.
- There are ducks and cranes, and every few miles a cob and pen circle as only swans can in their own territory.
late Middle English (denoting a strong man or leader): of unknown origin. The underlying general sense appears to be 'rounded, sturdy'.
noun[mass noun] British
- A mixture of compressed clay and straw used, especially in former times, for building walls: [as modifier]: cob and thatch cottagesMore example sentences
- Founders of urban ecovillage projects must usually forego any dreams of straw bale or cob structures, because building codes often are rigidly enforced.
- The remaining walls are made of cob, a mixture of sand, clay and straw.
- Earth building, such as cob, straw bale, and adobe, is gaining in popularity due to these homes' overall energy efficiency, longevity, beauty, and low environmental impact.
early 17th century: of unknown origin.
noun(in phrase have or get a cob on) British • informal
- Be or get annoyed: he used to go on holiday when the band were due to appear on TV (Mac’d get a real cob on about it)More example sentences
- The band were great, although it seemed like the singer still had a cob on.
- He can be competitive in training and when he's got a cob on with someone, he lets you know.
- We especially liked his first goal because he had a cob on as only he can.
1930s: of unknown origin.