One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Slang and English regional (chiefly northern). A spoon; specifically (a) a wooden spoon; (b) a silver spoon. Now rare.
2Fishing (now chiefly NZ). A short, heavy stick or bat with a notch at one end, used to kill or stun fish and remove the hooks from their mouths.
3Slang (originally and chiefly US). Especially among jazz and swing musicians: a clarinet. Now historical or disused.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian. From gob + stick.
gob stick/ˈɡɒb stɪk/
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