One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An undistinguished or foolish man or youth.‘a bunch of spotty herberts’
- ‘Now I suppose like the rest of the 4,000 herberts here, you two are looking forward to Christmas dinner tomorrow.’
- ‘So we've a representative of a polytheistic society next to the peaceful and meditative Rothko and a load of outsider-art-influenced herberts.’
- ‘There were plenty of herberts moaning about Annika Sorenstam.’
- ‘Anyway, I hope rugby does enjoy a big upsurge in support but I think most people, after spending one freezing afternoon watching a load of stocky herberts rolling around in the mud, are going to be put off for life.’
- ‘I know everyone complains that TV is only worth watching for the late-night porn these days, but now I've discovered that's because of these all-in-black herberts who laud it under the title of Commissioning Editor.’
- ‘He's an overweight scruffy herbert with more than a passing resemblance to Captain Caveman.’
- ‘It also led to every soap in the country packing their screens with spotty herberts.’
- ‘In other words, we don't see the sun and certainly don't get the chance to go and lie in some park and sunbathe along with dozens of herberts who have taken a sick day because the sun's out!’
- ‘The band was always a mixture of punks, skins and herberts and we liked it that way as we have always been all about unity.’
1960s: the male given name Herbert.
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