American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To sob noisily. See Synonyms at cry.
- v. To utter while crying and sobbing.
- v. To make wet and swollen by weeping.
- n. A loud sobbing.
- n. The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals, from which an oil is obtained.
- n. Excessive body fat.
- n. A large sea nettle or medusa.
- adj. Swollen and protruding: blubber cheeks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weep, especially in such a manner as to swell the cheeks or disfigure the face; burst into a fit of weeping: used chiefly in sarcasm or ridicule.
- To bubble; foam.
- To disfigure with weeping.
- n. A bubble.
- n. The fat of whales and other cetaceans, from which train-oil is obtained. The blubber lies under the skin and over the muscles. The whole quantity yielded by a large whale ordinarily amounts to 40 or 50 hundredweight, but sometimes to 80 or more.
- n. A gelatinous substance; hence, an acaleph or sea-nettle; a medusa.
- n. [⟨ blubber, v.] The act or state of blubbering: as, to be in a blubber.
- n. One who blubs.
- n. A fatty layer of adipose tissue found immediately beneath the epidermis.
- n. Fatty tissue.
- n. The thick coat of fat worn by many arctic animals, such as sea lions, and antarctic animals, such as penguins; used to insulate warmth in the animal's body.
- v. To make noises or broken words while crying.
- v. archaic To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A bubble.
- n. The fat of whales and other large sea animals from which oil is obtained. It lies immediately under the skin and over the muscular flesh.
- n. (Zoöl.) A large sea nettle or medusa.
- v. To weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner.
- v. To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.
- v. To give vent to (tears) or utter (broken words or cries); -- with
- n. an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil
- n. excess bodily weight
- v. utter while crying
- v. cry or whine with snuffling
- Middle English bluberen, to bubble, from bluber, foam.Middle English bluber, foam. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the discerning reader soon realizes that the reason Linda is picked on has nothing to do with her weight although her weight is the subject about which Linda is most sensitive and therefore the subject on which Wendy chooses to focus the majority of her taunts and that the term blubber doesn’t have as much to do with Linda’s size as it does her personality—or lack thereof.”
“Wrap the oogruk flippers in blubber for two weeks until the fur falls off.”
“At best that loud, fat, smelly walking pile of hu-mon blubber is a capable man beast for filling my food bowl.”
“Internal to the grooved blubber is the muscle tissue of the buccal pouch, and this is unique, containing large amounts of elastin, and consisting of an inner layer of longitudinally arranged muscle bands and an outer layer where the bands are obliquely oriented (Pivorunas 1977).”
“A nice piece of blubber from a walrus or some reindeer tallow," said Menie.”
“Then into the hollow goes the whalebone, so, tightly coiled, and another piece of blubber is fitted over the whale-bone.”
“Page 114 substance, called blubber, which is from twelve to eighteen inches in thickness, and is the only fleshy part of any value.”
“The most entertaining fight of the night was between Todd Duffee, who has one of the most impressive chiseled physiques in the UFC, and Mike Russow, who my friends were calling blubber and muffin top for the way his heavyweight poundage hung over his shorts.”
“The heavers forward now resume their song, and while the one tackle is peeling and hoisting a second strip from the whale, the other is slowly slackened away, and down goes the first strip through the main hatchway right beneath, into an unfurnished parlor called the blubber-room.”
“He lost the blubber, but under the blubber was a support system of sinew that hung on his frame like curtains of partially hardened cement.”
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