Main definitions of blubber in English

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blubber1

noun

  • 1The fat of sea mammals, especially whales and seals.

    • ‘He was trying to tell me all you get to eat in Japan is raw fish and whale blubber for every meal.’
    • ‘Charcoal, Propane, Mesquite, whale blubber, whatever gives you the taste that you desire.’
    • ‘Prior to kerosene lamps, most lamps consisted of whale blubber.’
    • ‘Whale meat and blubber is shared out locally, and a small amount is sold to pay for the upkeep of boats.’
    • ‘Fourteen years later, Norway is preparing to resume the international trade in whale meat with a 10 ton shipment of meat and blubber from minke whales destined for Iceland.’
    • ‘After they killed the whale - in what looked like food sharing - one killer whale held down the carcass as the others tore the thick, resilient gray whale skin and blubber.’
    • ‘In the 19th century it became an important port of call for ships, whose crews also picked up whale blubber and seal skins there.’
    • ‘They are knee-deep in gelid gray water, with food and clothing, skinned seagulls and whale blubber, sheepskins and oilskins - the ancient flotsam of death at sea - sloshing about them.’
    • ‘The tongue of the whale was regarded as a delicacy, while salted whale blubber could be bought in any French town.’
    • ‘Young and old chewed thin slices of raw whale blubber as quickly as it was being cut off the carcass.’
    • ‘The smell of the sea was in the air as picnickers feasted on sun-dried halibut, muktuk, whale blubber, and Greenland raisin cake.’
    • ‘Usually a scientist shows up and says of course it's… whale blubber and covers it up.’
    • ‘The answer is all too mundane: The blobs are old whale blubber.’
    • ‘Because the seal's layer of blubber does not extend to its flippers, veins in the flippers lie close to the surface of the skin, poorly insulated from the ice and cold water.’
    • ‘In other words, there's more to whales and sharks than blubber and dorsal fins; and the sooner we acknowledge this, the longer we may last in the evolutionary game of snakes-and-ladders.’
    • ‘Fish oil supplements are derived from a variety of sources, including mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, cod liver, halibut, whale blubber and seal blubber.’
    • ‘At this point I am taking a coffee break as I retch once again at the thought of whale blubber sitting unhappily in my oesophagus.’
    • ‘The amount of contaminants in the meat of sea mammals is also low, but the level of contamination in the blubber of seals and whales is high.’
    • ‘The name was coined by whalers, who considered the species the ‘right’ whale to hunt because its blubber makes dead whales float, aiding recovery of the carcass.’
    • ‘But that business is encountering its own problems, specifically a bottleneck in processing seal blubber for nutritional supplements.’
    fat, fatty tissue
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    1. 1.1informal, derogatory Excessive human fat.
      • ‘In my case, in addition to my belly, my chest was still misshaped from carrying too much blubber.’
      • ‘I decided to do it just because I have lived with a little too much blubber around my middle for my entire life although the rest of me is quite lean and fat-less.’
      • ‘Yes I am losing my blubber, but I have tonnes of it left to lose.’
      • ‘A word every prep fears, due to the fact they hate seeing a little bit of blubber on anyone, especially themselves.’
      • ‘Maybe then I'll lose some of my blubber, 'cause really you didn't have much to lose, sweet cheeks.’
      • ‘No, not fat as in gross blubber bouncing around my waist and stuff; it's just that I think I'm about a few pounds heavier than I was when I was really fit in first year.’
      fat, excessive weight, fatness, plumpness, bulk
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adjective

archaic
  • [attributive] (of a person's lips) swollen or protruding.

    • ‘When I looked at his face I saw his blubber lips twitching with the efforts of attempted smile, but he couldn't quite carry it off.’
    • ‘He sat down with dignity, answered diplomatically certain mysterious questions about the dames, and applied his blubber lips to a handsome mouthpiece of lemon-coloured amber.’
    • ‘There are so many celebrities/non-celebrities that are willing to pay lots of money to have the plastic surgeon to give them that blubber lips.’
    • ‘Yet the movement of his blubber lips, closely pressed together, showed clearly that he could not understand a word.’
    • ‘She pouted out t her blubber-lips, as if to bellows up wind and sputter in her horse-nostrils; and her chin was curdled, and more than usually prominent with passion.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the foaming of the sea, also a bubble on water): perhaps symbolic; compare with blob and blotch.

Pronunciation

blubber

/ˈbləbər/

Main definitions of blubber in English

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blubber2

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Sob noisily and uncontrollably.

    ‘he was blubbering like a child’
    [with direct speech] ‘“I don't like him,” blubbered Jonathan’
    • ‘Observing so much beauty in a single evening made me exhausted, blubbering like a little girl.’
    • ‘Somehow that thought doesn't seem so foreign, the way she's whimpering and carrying on like that, shaking and blubbering like an overgrown and very ugly baby.’
    • ‘He whinnied for his lost mother all that first day and night, blubbering in the corner of the pasture, and he clung to his resentment as he grew into a half-ton adolescent.’
    • ‘She sobbed, wailed, blubbered, howled, cried and whatever people do to express sorrow hoping that her tears and crying will bring her other half back.’
    • ‘Cassidy placed a firm kiss on his cheeks and ushered herself out of the door before the tears could break through the mental dam and she began blubbering again.’
    • ‘Ada was blubbering now, tears and snot running down a red face, she opened her mouth to say one more thing, but at the last moment found some resolve.’
    • ‘All you do is sob uncontrollably in the fetal position while blubbering, ‘I miss my Nana!’’
    • ‘If you ask me these cry babies are simply looking for their fifteen minutes of fame, but surely there are smarter ways to embarrass yourself than to sit around blubbering in an empty football stadium.’
    • ‘Back in the light, I turned to find an eight-year-old blubbering at my side.’
    • ‘Finally, blubbering and whining, the papa bear - triumph of American technology - just gave up.’
    • ‘So in lieu of packing, I spent Saturday sniffling and blubbering over two years of Scottish detritus.’
    • ‘At last, he asked: ‘How can we help you?’, on which cue I burst into tears and blubbered incoherently.’
    • ‘I burst into tears, blubbering to his retreating form.’
    • ‘She was crying and blubbering, unable to believe what I was doing.’
    • ‘Now she's blubbering away all over again about something else.’
    • ‘Mum asked me why I was crying and I blubbered, ‘Everything.’’
    • ‘The same folks blubbering about the reigning obsession with thinness as an insult to fatness are making a disgusting mockery of starving people's plight.’
    • ‘I ate buckwheat noodles with rooster sauce and blubbered about having ‘ruined Passover.’’
    • ‘Bring up their two little girls and I'll probably start blubbering.’
    • ‘After a about another half an hour of crying, blubbering, and her trying to tell me how she felt, she finally fell asleep and I softly moved her head to her pillow.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably symbolic; compare with blob and blubber.

Pronunciation

blubber

/ˈbləbər/