Main definitions of cobble in English

: cobble1cobble2

cobble1

noun

  • 1A small round stone used to cover road surfaces.

    ‘the sound of horses' hooves on the cobbles’
    • ‘I complete it by slowly walking down the steps on the other side of the bridge, and turn on the polished cobbles of the old street.’
    • ‘Among the items found were pieces of 12th century pottery, 12th or 14th century cobble and part of a hearth.’
    • ‘The white cobbles burnt the soles of her feet even through her tough slippers.’
    • ‘Their claws clicked on the cobbles as they approached the corner.’
    • ‘His head pounded with each pace and his mouth felt dry and rough, like the dusty cobbles of the street.’
    • ‘Stepping out onto the cobbles in front of the steps, the men found themselves at the center of a loose circle of guardsman.’
    • ‘The drunkard still lay unconscious on the cobbles.’
    • ‘The streets shifted with no apparent rhyme or reason from flagstone to cobbles to brick and back again.’
    • ‘Running her hand down along the side, she crouched in the shadows and reached to the bottom, where the stair met the well-worn cobbles.’
    • ‘I collapse the antenna and walk back along the cobbles, thinking again of the man who overwintered in this area.’
    • ‘Although his clothes were clean and cared-for, they were also clearly second-hand and shabby, and his long feet were bare on the cobbles of the street.’
    • ‘The noise of his feet on the cobbles woke the dogs of the town, who barked as if they meant to break their chains.’
    • ‘In the middle of the roadway beneath the window, the Vizier's ivory rose lay pristine on the muddy cobbles.’
    • ‘‘You came,’ she said as her friend pulled her suitcases out onto the cobbles.’
    • ‘If a traveler had been passing through, they would not have noticed that the cobbles in the square were uneven and had long since been denied attention.’
    • ‘In total there are 148 square metres of accommodation, while outside, the back garden is laid in patio and cobble.’
    • ‘Pulling herself painfully up, she wobbled shakily on the cobbles, catching the icy metal of the lamp-post next to her to steady herself.’
    • ‘The window in the study shattered as a piece of cobble flew into to it.’
    • ‘I drag myself over the grey cobbles to the door, my heart in my ears, my feet stumbling, the grey weather scowling at me.’
    • ‘The cobbles were cool on my feet - I had not even put on sandals for fear of being heard creeping across the marble floor of my home.’
    1. 1.1British Small round lumps of coal.
      • ‘Cobbles of coal may be seen in the water showing the location of outcropping seams.’
      • ‘You make the big decision to finish and then they keep moving the dates to make sure they get every last cobble of coal.’
      • ‘I found I could relate this cobble to the very last year that the mine was being mined.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from cob + -le.

Pronunciation:

cobble

/ˈkɒb(ə)l/

Main definitions of cobble in English

: cobble1cobble2

cobble2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Roughly assemble or produce something from available parts or elements.

    ‘the film was imperfectly cobbled together from two separate stories’
    • ‘That's not stopping companies from cobbling together technologies.’
    • ‘Our first articles were cobbled together in record time.’
    • ‘A large number of scholars, writers and activists have been quietly cobbling together a clear, confident and credible set of policy alternatives.’
    • ‘Even if an agreement is cobbled together it will not please everyone.’
    • ‘Cobbling together good skills that can be applied to every situation will make you a force to be reckoned with at the table at all times.’
    • ‘The best way to improve their economic prospects is not through the work-support programs that states are desperately cobbling together to help them cope.’
    • ‘Those first armies had been cobbled together and paid on a hand-to-mouth basis.’
    • ‘In the past, we thought of joint operations as cobbling together a tactically - or even an operationally - effective force from various service components.’
    • ‘Most deals were cobbled together at the last minute.’
    • ‘With the help of various agents we managed to cobble something together.’
    • ‘It's been done before, usually by cobbling together footage in a canny way.’
    • ‘We worked it out by cobbling together some of the instructions for the earlier versions and all went smoothly enough.’
    • ‘The first thing I did was cobble together a working computer so they could get started on building a database for their finds.’
    • ‘He and the other dazed workers who converged on the center soon joined the priest in cobbling together an emergency response system.’
    • ‘A light tubular chassis with an inline 8 cylinder engine was made by cobbling a couple of sports engines together.’
    • ‘In fact, he's doing fine, cobbling together an income by ‘teaching some skiing seminars, selling some photos, and doing some freelance designing.’’
    • ‘Anyway, hopefully between us we will be able to cobble something together.’
    • ‘They're still cobbling together old solutions for single machines and trying to make them look new.’
    • ‘Now, prototypes can be cobbled together in weeks from off-the-shelf components.’
    • ‘Plato had a particular reason for cobbling together the story.’
    prepare hastily, prepare roughly, make hastily, make roughly, put together hastily, put together roughly, scribble, improvise, devise, contrive, patch together, jerry-build
    throw together, whip up, fix, rustle up
    knock up
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  • 2dated Repair (shoes)

    ‘it had a tarnished brass knocker showing a pixie cobbling shoes’
    • ‘Modern economies rely on the division of labor, such that one needn't bake bread, smith tools and cobble shoes in a day's work.’

Origin

Late 15th century: back-formation from cobbler.

Pronunciation:

cobble

/ˈkɒb(ə)l/