Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) A lump of soft or sticky material.
    • 1952, The Glass Industry, Volume 33, Ashlee Publishing Company, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Y8TnAAAAMAAJ&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sz5fT8zgE4vRrQe18O2vBg&redir_esc=y page 309],
      These inventors have discovered that gobs may be fed at widely spaced times without allowing the glass to flow during the interval but instead flushes[sic] out the chilled glass which accumulates during the dwell.
  2. (countable, British, 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.
  3. (uncountable, slang) Saliva or phlegm.
    He spat a big ball of gob on to the pavement.
  4. (US, military, slang) A sailor.
    • 1944 November, Fitting the Gob to the Job, Popular Mechanics, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=JN8DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA18&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vjlfT9KyIMWwiQfqndHOBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 18],
      For the first time in history, new warship crews are virtually “prefabricated” by modern methods of fitting the gob to the job.
    • 1948 June, Fred B. Barton, Mending Broken Gobs, The Rotarian, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=0UMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA22&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vjlfT9KyIMWwiQfqndHOBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22],
      Taking a safe average of 2,000 rehabilitated young gobs a year, that′s a total of 100,000 years of salvaged manhood, a target worth shooting at.
  5. (uncountable, mining) Waste material in old mine workings, goaf.
    • 1930, Engineering and Mining Journal, Volume 130, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=TnfkAAAAMAAJ&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sz5fT8zgE4vRrQe18O2vBg&redir_esc=y page 330],
      This consisted in wheeling gob back to the most distant part of the stope and filling up the sets right up to the roof.
  6. (US, regional) A whoopee pie.
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gob (gobs, present participle gobbing; past and past participle gobbed)

  1. To gather into a lump.
    • 1997 March, William G. Tapply, How to Catch a Trout on a Sandwich, Field & Stream, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=tLuilTXrldEC&pg=PA60&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JVFfT_2VO86ciQee89TsBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60],
      I liked to gob up two or three worms on a snelled hook, pinch three or four split shot onto the leader, and plunk it into the dark water.
  2. To spit, especially to spit phlegm.
  3. (mining, intransitive) To pack away waste material in order to support the walls of the mine.

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