Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern, Midland, & Western U.S. Sour, curdled milk. Also called regionally thick milk.
  • transitive v. To curdle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sour or curdled milk
  • n. wet clay or mud
  • v. to sour or curdle milk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Milk curdled so as to become thick.
  • intransitive v. To become clabber; to lopper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become thick in the process of souring: said of milk.
  • n. Same as bonnyclabber.
  • n. Idle or noisy talk; jabber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. raw milk that has soured and thickened
  • v. turn into curds

Etymologies

Short for bonnyclabber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Goidelic clàbar or Irish clábar ("mud"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Usage on loppered.

    May 4, 2010

  • From "Au Tombeau de Charles Fourier" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

  • It was my pleasure. *is sometimes lazy as hell, but in this case is trying to avoid work*

    December 23, 2008

  • Now that's what I call Wordie service. Thanks reesetee. :) For pointing out a page on the very link I pointed out. *is lazy as hell*

    December 23, 2008

  • This related link might help. Apparently baking powder replaced clabbered milk as a leavening ingredient.

    December 23, 2008

  • "Clabber Girl" is a brand of baking powder. Isn't it?

    Edit: Yes. Here. Wonder why. Does baking powder cause clabber?

    December 22, 2008

  • See also clabber cheese.

    December 20, 2008

  • Clabber is a horrible onomatopoeia that sounds like movement within something thick and clabbered, a hand pushing into a thick bowl of clabbered milk. Ugh. It's one of the top words that make me uncomfortable.

    December 20, 2008

  • "Alan Pangborn was neither a coward nor a superstitious countryman who forked the sign of the evil eye at crows and kept his pregnant womenfolk away from the fresh milk because he was afraid they would clabber it."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007