intransitive verb lob·stered
- Any of several edible marine crustaceans of the family Homaridae, especially of the genus Homarus, having stalked eyes, long antennae, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which is modified into large pincers.
- Any of several crustaceans, such as the spiny lobster, that are related to the lobsters.
- The flesh of a lobster used as food.
To search for and catch lobsters.
Origin: Middle English lopster, lobstere
Origin: , from Old English loppestre
Origin: , alteration (perhaps influenced by loppe, lobbe, spider)
Origin: of Latin locusta
Related Forms:Word History:
A lobster and a locust may share a common source for their name, that is, the Latin word locusta,
which was used for the locust and also for a crustacean that was probably a kind of lobster. We can see that locusta
would be the source of locust,
but it looks like an unlikely candidate as the source of lobster.
It is thought, however, that Old English loppestre,
the ancestor of lobster,
was formed from locusta
and the suffix -estre
used to make agent nouns (our -ster
). The change from Latin locusta
to Old English loppestre
may have been influenced by Old English loppe,