Main definitions of gob in English

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gob1

noun

informal
  • 1A lump of a viscous or slimy substance.

    ‘a gob of phlegm’
    • ‘She washed down the small gob of starch with a draft of spring water, grateful that her stomach would be pacified for an hour, long enough for sleep to come.’
    • ‘Then he smiled and reached forward to wipe the corner of my mouth, coming away with a gob of blue icing.’
    • ‘The gob of saliva and blood hit him straight in the face.’
    • ‘Drake - unbelievably - spit at Quin, who managed to dodge the slimy gob.’
    • ‘He took a gob of some of the sap looking stuff and rolled it into a ball.’
    • ‘She screamed all of a sudden, and a gob of spit hits me in the face.’
    • ‘His cassette-voice speaks as his wrist turns a gob of paint into an outline, the outline turns into a figure, and the figure turns the canvas into something like a shaft down which his memories and feelings project, aided by the sound.’
    • ‘He started to get up, when he felt a gob of mud hit him in the face.’
    • ‘They took that gob of spit in the face with a just a whiny little whimper.’
    • ‘She laughed and laughed and laughed and got a big gob of drool going - then she sneezed it all in my face, laughed, and voided herself in a thunderclap detonation.’
    • ‘Another gob of spit hit the dirt, but this time hawked the other way to Mathias.’
    • ‘Call an entertainer's work ‘conventional’ nowadays and you might receive a gob of spit in your eye.’
    • ‘Lee commented, scooping a gob of mashed potato with his finger and wiping it onto a napkin, before proceeding to mould a palm tree from the pale creamy substance.’
    • ‘A gob of crimson pouring from his lips, he spat it out, wiping the excess with the back of his hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘There is actually quite a bit of pressure within the sizing die and if there is a gob of lube it will almost always end up making a dent in the shoulder.’
    • ‘Suddenly they're dressed to the hilt in 1980s sunglasses, shorts, and a thick gob of zinc oxide on their noses.’
    • ‘I got the gob of glass out of the oven and made a halfhearted attempt at a coffee cup, with a handle on the side.’
    • ‘There is a gob of spit on her cheek, close to her eye.’
    lump, mass, chunk, hunk, wedge, ball, clump, block, pat, brick, cube, bar, cake, slab, nugget, plug, pad, knob, gobbet, glob, dollop, cluster, nub
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    1. 1.1North American A small lump.
  • 2gobs ofNorth American A large amount of.

    ‘they pumped gobs of money into the candidates' election coffers’
    • ‘I have heaps and gobs of miles which will be credited to my account soon… but not soon enough to get tickets.’
    • ‘Sure, they'd secure gobs of camera time and send countless harmful messages about the lesbian and gay community in the process.’
    • ‘And including the original instrumental ‘Good Day Sunshine’ might've been seen as a duplicitous trick to grab gobs of Beatles fans' money.’
    • ‘Both load up their arguments with gobs of personal invective, which also makes me suspicious of their arguments.’
    • ‘With gobs of young companies struggling to stay afloat, many are rushing headlong into hiring experienced execs who can give them the credibility and stability they need in turbulent economic times.’
    • ‘I don't think any of us fantasize about being a band that makes a huge gob of money.’
    • ‘And what many people experienced in 2000, 2001 and 2002 was the pain of losing money instead of making gobs of cash as they had in the late 1990s.’
    • ‘Some ‘market player’ was willing to throw oodles and gobs of money at the market to prevent it from falling.’
    • ‘I don't feel sorry for a gifted quarterback with gobs of money in the bank, but you had to feel, at least a little, for him as he faced the expectations set up by his dad, Archie, and his brother, Peyton.’
    • ‘This year's induction festivities in Cooperstown delivered a much-needed boost to the local economy, as large groups of Cubs and Red Sox fans spent gobs of money along the village's Main Street.’
    • ‘Additionally, people just have less free time on their hands than ever before and let's face it, boating and taking care of a boat can consume gobs of time.’
    • ‘Instead of that film's repressed romances, Iron Monkey offers a gob of melodrama, slapstick comedy, cooking montages, and demonstrations of holistic medicine.’
    • ‘They offered us a gob of money for the rights, plus a cut of the profit, and so being practical defenders of Justice, we went for it.’
    • ‘And they are adding a whole gob of businesses along the way.’
    • ‘I see no trouble with saying that God has used gobs of secondary causes in creating and slowly developing life and, ultimately, the human person over the ages.’
    • ‘What's more, while the millennials consume gobs of digital fare, they also master tech tools to evade marketers and to customize their own programming.’
    • ‘Sure, you want to gather a gob of data about everything your company does, pull it in around the clock, analyze it constantly and make decisions every moment.’
    • ‘Yes, you've all seen these emails - they are one long run-on gob of text.’
    • ‘If you want gobs of great plastic pieces and a fabulous fun time, these can't miss, while still offering some strategic decisions.’
    • ‘‘We are having to go through gobs of acquisition paperwork and bureaucracy to get permission for something we've already done,’ says Brewster.’
    a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • Spit.

    • ‘No, have you seen the way people gob in the street.’
    • ‘I suspect that it's sneering anyone who'd consider watching it, and I don't think programme makers should gob on the hand that feeds them.’
    • ‘He gobbed spit several times at the locked door.’
    • ‘As soon as you gob into your mask, trip over your fins, or wipe your nose on the back of your glove you'll discover a camera lens inches away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Bear responds by gobbing at him, and missing.’
    • ‘The more money you have, the more successful you are and the more respect you may receive, even if you gob and smoke in theatres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a bit small but the staff are friendly, smilingly acknowledging my allegiance before sportingly serving me coffee without gobbing in it.’
    • ‘Those brought up in the punk rock era will have a twinge of nostalgia for the days when it was a badge of honour to be gobbed on by your idols.’
    • ‘Rather than do the sensible thing of pocketing it, he drew attention to it and then dared everyone to gob on it.’
    • ‘Troublemakers were gobbing at the stage, the aggressive drunk was still circling unhindered in his own personal patch of clear dance floor.’
    • ‘But did any Vietnam vet get gobbed on by an antiwar protestor?’
    • ‘They've just shambled off up the road a bit, probably because she's gobbed all over the pavement outside mine so they need to find a clean bit.’
    • ‘I don't want him to gob in my mouth when he's shouting either.’
    • ‘Any man who chews with his mouth closed and doesn't gob in the streets will stand out like a fur coat on a pig.’
    • ‘They invited you to gob on them at gigs, and they gobbed back.’
    • ‘Plus, in order to get to the countryside you have to crawl out of the city, deep breathing toxic fumes and being gobbed on by small boys from footbridges as you go.’
    • ‘Nah, I'll gob on a fellow professional's face, thanks.’
    • ‘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.’
    expectorate, hawk
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French gobe ‘mouthful, lump’, from gober ‘to swallow, gulp’, perhaps of Celtic origin.

Pronunciation

gob

/ɡɒb/

Main definitions of gob in English

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gob2

noun

dated, informal
  • An American sailor.

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

gob

/ɡɒb/

Main definitions of gob in English

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gob3

noun

British
informal
  • A person's mouth.

    ‘Jean told him to shut his big gob’
    • ‘Evidently too stupid to realise that her relentless moaning wasn't coming across very well on the telly, Natalie decided against keeping her gob shut and instead elected to continue to behave like a spoilt child.’
    • ‘His first object was to try to embarrass the wreckers into keeping their gobs shut.’
    • ‘It is the Great Lettuce March, back and forth, back and forth, while the other hand reaches for a ciggy and the gob stays firmly shut.’
    • ‘I will not open my big gob and make a snap decision in the overheated atmosphere of the Olympics.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘I think people finally voted them into power in 1994 just to make them shut their mewling gobs as much as anything.’
    • ‘Yeah, uh, Aphrodite. You must sit still and keep your attention-seeking gob shut.’
    • ‘But then that they don't have the brains of their coach to keep their gobs shut.’
    • ‘I'm worried because they are too big to get in my gob.’
    • ‘As for the football boys, try and prove us all wrong - keep your gobs shut, your private parts in your trousers and drive your cars at sensible speeds - all them things that the rest of us seem to do perfectly capably.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know what Peter, they don't and you're not, so shut your gob.’
    • ‘It's easy to dress a wound when your patient is sat still and keeps their gob shut; it's a whole different ball game when they cry and bleed all over the place.’
    • ‘I did keep my gob shut (I think I did anyway, Dee will surely back me up on this) and I waited till she let off her own yell of anger before joining in the rant against the dastardly final twist.’
    • ‘Maybe I should have kept my gob shut the other day about Tom using the worst picture of me on the internet ever - we have a new winner ladies and gentlemen.’
    • ‘We won't lie low, heads down, gobs shut for Labour.’
    • ‘Will, however, did not succumb to what Maria feared, but actually managed the arduous task of keeping his big gob shut.’
    • ‘You can't help the things you like, but you could learn to keep your gob shut about them.’
    • ‘Shut your fat gob, you nasty little pile of wombat's do's.’
    • ‘They usually chose kids that were seven years old, but I got picked when I was in the year below and only six, because I had such a big gob on me.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic gob ‘beak, mouth’.

Pronunciation

gob

/ɡɒb/