American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece or chunk, especially of raw meat.
- n. A bit or morsel: a diary containing gobbets of useful information.
- n. A small amount of liquid; a drop.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mouthful; a morsel; a lump; apart; a fragment; apiece.
- n. A block of stone.
- To swallow in large masses or mouthfuls; gobble.
- To gut (fish).
- n. a quantity of liquid, often in a sticky blotch
- n. a lump or chunk of something, especially of raw meat
- n. an extract of text, or image (especially a quotation), provided as a context for analysis, translation or discussion in an examination.
- v. transitive To splash with small quantities of liquid; to spatter.
- v. transitive To swallow greedily; to swallow in gobbets.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mouthful; a lump; a small piece.
- v. Low To swallow greedily; to swallow in gobbets.
- n. a lump or chunk of raw meat
- From Middle English gobet, from Middle French gobet ("mouthful, piece"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gobet, from Old French, diminutive of gobe, mouthful; see gob1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Rytlock spit from the top of the wall and watched the gobbet fall a hundred feet down before smearing.”
“Rytlock spat a gobbet of blood, which spattered the ground.”
“It's too detailed to go into here, but one gobbet of fascinating info Peyotitlan served up was the apocryphal etymology of "gringo": "The US army wore green uniforms and when the locals saw them, simply said 'Green, go!' telling them to go away.”
“After revealing the gestation periods of cows and sheep, the third gobbet of knowledge it coughed up was that the chicken must have indeed preceded the egg.”
“Or a gobbet of spit landing on another woman's face before she is hit, hard, in the stomach.”
“He coughs up a stringy gobbet but soon settles down to have his fill.”
“Go on, hold your nose and reread this gobbet of smug drivel.”
“No backbencher hit the target, not even Peter Tapsell whose question rambled on like a gobbet of Gibbon.”
“This mythic rustic food is presented as a single gobbet of flesh with a matchstick of bone sticking up as a handle -- letting you pop the thing, with its crisp, bird's-nest coating, into your mouth, but only after you've dredged it through teardrops of garlic cream and parsley purée.”
“In at least one of the exams (the course ran for 3 years), a section of the paper was a gobbet test on part of the Camilla-gate tapes ...”
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