Definition of slob in English:



  • 1informal A person who is lazy and has low standards of cleanliness.

    ‘he's a slob and expects others to clean up after him’
    • ‘For evidence of our sloth, see the newly published report from the British Heart Foundation which reveals that we are raising a generation of slobs with a third of all under-sevens failing to reach the minimum recommended activity levels.’
    • ‘There are regular complaints about drunken slobs congregating in the Cathedral Close every summer.’
    • ‘They were asking for lazy, fat slobs who do nothing at home to apply.’
    • ‘One hotel is now offering to turn slobs into studs in just a weekend.’
    • ‘Bilko's motor-pool privates were scruffy, lazy, unattractive slobs who liked to do as little work as possible, never paraded and were almost fearful of weaponry.’
    • ‘As in all widely practiced human endeavors, hunting has its share of bad actors, its poachers, slobs and louts.’
    • ‘Of course, she had always known she would have a roommate, but after all the dorm horror stories about slobs and inconsiderate people, she hadn't expected it to be this pleasant.’
    • ‘‘I'm told there are no slobs or yobs over 2,000 ft, they can't exist in the pure air,’ he grins.’
    • ‘Of course, I also think that Britain is a nation of inarticulate, pugilistic slobs.’
    • ‘The four bouncers go for a night on the town, playing more than 20 different characters, from giggly girls to drunken slobs, set against the glitzy glamour of the nightclub scene.’
    • ‘Mary Allison is warning that toddlers are being turned into slobs by parents who do not make them take exercise.’
    • ‘We are not a nation of slobs, but it's a sad, sobering fact that the majority of tourists only see the bars or beaches when they are on holidays.’
    • ‘It was also delightful to hear the out of shape slobs swearing at and criticising the highly fit athletes on the pitch.’
    • ‘It is part of a drive to market the players as athletes and darts as a proper sport rather than a pub game enjoyed by slobs.’
    • ‘We're not all lazy slobs like Channel 4 seem to want us to be.’
    • ‘Sex discrimination meant the exclusion of one sex (almost invariably women) from equal salaries or promotion prospects; it was not trivialised into a crusade for women to dress as men and men to dress as slobs.’
    • ‘There's an ugly puritanical streak buried in the argument that those of us who do a good job should be rewarded and lazy slobs should be punished.’
    • ‘We are a bunch of slobs with an expensive product that gets less useful and interesting by the day.’
    • ‘And the house is really badly decorated - a legacy from the people who used to own it, who were worse slobs than we are.’
    • ‘If slobs cannot be bothered to set aside 10 minutes to walk to the polling station then they don't deserve to have a say in who runs their affairs.’
    layabout, good-for-nothing, sluggard, slug, laggard
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  • 2Irish mass noun Muddy land.


[no object]British
  • Behave in a lazy and slovenly way.

    ‘he spent his life watching television and generally slobbing around’
    • ‘I spent the day doing as little as possible, just slobbing around listening to sounds without the tracks skipping or jumping, and then reported to a pub at six o'clock as per instructions.’
    • ‘The serene white rooms, with pale stone floors and often only one or two pieces of furniture hint at the kind of control that doesn't allow slobbing, lolling or any other kind of self-indulgence.’
    • ‘Spent afternoon catching up on gossip, and generally slobbing around and eating pizza.’
    • ‘The only problem with slobbing out for the day or having a slugfest as Kelly likes to call it is that you don't have much to write about the next day.’
    • ‘Which is what happens when you slob around in your pyjamas until 6pm.’
    • ‘Susannah is probably, at this moment, slobbing about at home in fluted-sleeve, v-necked pyjamas, champagne glass in hand.’
    • ‘Those women who slob around in shapeless tracksuits and trainers, looking so grotesque that you can't believe they have the nerve to leave the house, are probably going to outlive us all.’
    • ‘The general consensus is that there will be a decent chance of showers on Sunday, so Londonist's advice is to get all your beer garden drinking done by Sunday afternoon so Monday's free for a bit of hangover slobbing in front of the TV.’
    • ‘Yesterday I slobbed all day and just played on the laptop in bed.’
    • ‘I don't watch much television, but recently I've been forcing myself not to think too much in the evenings, and slobbed out in front of the box seems like an ideal location for achieving a state of non-thought.’
    • ‘Thank you for bringing this side of his character into the public eye - it gives him a whole new dimension as he slobs out in front of the television and morphs into the sofa.’
    • ‘The favoured format would show them the covert video of them slobbing out and show them how content and real they look.’
    • ‘I would be slobbing out in my arm chair and she'd be curled up on the settee.’
    • ‘It's a response to the bloated inertia of the Christmas holiday period, a time when slobbing out in front of the telly becomes a national sport.’
    • ‘They slobbed out on the back seat of the upper deck.’
    • ‘I just want to slob out a bit, play computer games and not use my brain for a while.’
    • ‘If parents slob about and just don't care whether you eat or don't, learn or don't, damage other people's property or don't, then youngsters just haven't a prayer.’
    • ‘She can't stop her obese son from pigging out on candy bars, or slobbing in front of TV.’
    • ‘You probably had a ‘reading list’ or something that was supposed to fill your time, but you just skimmed through the most important books on your last afternoon and spent the rest of the time slobbing.’
    • ‘I go two or three times a week instead of just slobbing in front of the TV.’


Late 18th century: from Irish slab ‘mud’, from Anglo-Irish slab ‘ooze, sludge’, probably of Scandinavian origin.