- The definition of a gob is a lump of something to a large quantity of something.
- An example of gob is a small handful of shampoo.
- An example of gob is when a child has hundreds of toys.
- a lump or mass, as of something soft
- Informal a large quantity or amount
- waste material produced in coal mining, consisting of clay, shale, etc.
Origin of gobMiddle English gobbe ; from Old French gobe, back-formation ; from gobet: see gobbet
Origin of gob; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A small mass or lump.
- often gobs Informal A large quantity: a gob of money; gobs of time.
Origin of gobMiddle English gobbe, probably from Old French gobe, mouthful, from gober, to gulp, of Celtic origin.
Origin of gobPerhaps from Scottish and Irish Gaelic.
Origin of gobProbably shortening of earlier gobshite, wad of expectorated chewing tobacco, sailor; see gobshite.
(countable and uncountable, plural gobs)
- (countable) A lump of soft or sticky material.
- (countable, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, slang) The mouth.
- He′s always stuffing his gob with fast food.
- Oi, you, shut your gob!
- She's got such a gob on her – she′s always gossiping about someone or other.
- (uncountable, slang) Saliva or phlegm.
- He spat a big ball of gob on to the pavement.
- (US, military, slang) A sailor.
- (uncountable, mining) Waste material in old mine workings, goaf.
(third-person singular simple present gobs, present participle gobbing, simple past and past participle gobbed)