Definition of gobbet in English:



  • 1A piece or lump of flesh, food, or other matter.

    ‘a torn-off gobbet of flesh’
    • ‘They concentrated entirely on the very serious business of hoeing in to the ‘Chippies’ (French fries), and some battered gobbets of supposedly avian origin.’
    • ‘Red gobbets of meat dripped from its claws and its talons, each as long as Jamie's arm, were stained with blood along the whole of their length.’
    • ‘She then set about rubbing great gobbets of gunk into my hair and scalp.’
    • ‘A gobbet of warm gelatin landed on his legs, and an unbearably foul smell filtered through the air.’
    • ‘In the 16th and 17th centuries it meant a lump or gobbet of food such as bread, cheese, or bacon.’
    • ‘‘Your creature,’ she said, pointing with her free hand still clutching a gobbet of meat.’
    • ‘A troika of small boys, cocky and nervous proto-new Russians, lean over the rusting barbed wire and drool gobbets of spit onto his head.’
    • ‘So I stretched my arm out the open window, flicked the gobbet of lotion onto his windshield, and floored it.’
    • ‘Heather Clarke, a small gobbet of beef poked between her gloved finger and thumb, held out her arm.’
    • ‘A great gobbet of burning goo fired out of the end, arced through the air and hit Dr Lawson squarely on the back.’
    • ‘And of course that spells pork - big, juicy, fat gobbets of pork.’
    • ‘It really was a massive rainstorm, with water falling out of the sky in great gobbets and splashing high into the air on impact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you can imagine, gentle readers, it wasn't just me who wanted more, but the troubled former starlet refused to address our questions as she rained down gobbets of her own flesh with an increasingly unsteady hand.’
    • ‘Those who reached out to help the more severely disabled drew back their hands only to find they were holding gobbets of charred flesh.’
    • ‘NASA has developed technology to produce small gobbets of edible meat protein in the laboratory - and who could forget the artificial meats produced by microbial fungi and used in so-called ‘vegetarian meat pies’?’
    • ‘So a conspiracy consisting of my brother Louis and Owen, our local chemist was entered into - Owen to supply the strychnine and Louis to procure from the butcher little gobbets of beef.’
    • ‘He reasoned that standing naked over a hit stove forces you to cook the bacon slowly, over a low heat, so that it doesn't spit and spatter all over the place, speckling your delicate milky flesh with gobbets of hot grease.’
    • ‘Gleefully, my offspring grabs at the gobbets of uncooked lamb, squeaking and cheeping as she voraciously devours her meal in a matter or a few minutes.’
    • ‘The exit polls, other postelection surveys and an array of combatants from both sides are full of gobbets of tasty fare.’
    lump, mass, chunk, hunk, wedge, ball, clump, block, pat, brick, cube, bar, cake, slab, nugget, plug, pad, knob, glob, dollop, cluster, nub
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  • 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’
    • ‘He deals with it in a final chapter that takes up about 40 pages consisting of picture captions and gobbets.’
    • ‘His history, whilst highly selective with dubious conclusions, includes some fascinating gobbets.’
    • ‘Sincere, intelligent and tossing out great gobbets of autodidact philosophy, he pressed on with his analysis of the ‘discourse problem’.’
    • ‘Each gobbet, as Oxford calls them, takes about 10 to 15 minutes to write, and generally it's quite a fun paper.’
    • ‘I'm sure I could even dig out a few gobbets of Scripture to support my pious stance.’
    • ‘They are gobbets of evidence that should be useful to clinicians.’
    • ‘This has the advantage of presenting the texts in rather large chunks rather than the gobbets with which Walter et al. seek to satisfy us.’
    • ‘Boxes on most pages give generous gobbets of fact about food words, food history and myths and misunderstandings of cooks gone by.’
    • ‘Pinsky warns that poets might ‘strangle their work on gobbets of poetic diction’.’
    • ‘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.’
    quotation, stock phrase, platitude, cliché, epithet, quote, extract, excerpt, passage, allusion, phrase
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Middle English: from Old French gobet, diminutive of gobe (see gob).