from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The mouth.
  • noun A small mass or lump.
  • noun Informal A large quantity.
  • noun A sailor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mouth.
  • noun A mouthful; hence, a little mass or collection; a dab; a lump.
  • noun In coal-mining, the refuse or waste material from the workings in a mine; attle. It is used to pack the goaves, so as to support the roof.
  • In coal-mining, to pack away refuse so as to get rid of it and at the same time to help to keep the workings from caving in.
  • To brag; boast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mining) Same as goaf.
  • noun colloq. Same as sailor.
  • noun Low A little mass or collection; a small quantity; a mouthful.
  • noun Prov. Eng.or Low The mouth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable A lump of soft or sticky material.
  • noun countable, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, slang The mouth.
  • noun uncountable, slang Saliva or phlegm.
  • noun US, military, slang A sailor.
  • noun uncountable, mining Waste material in old mine workings, goaf.
  • verb To gather into a lump.
  • verb To spit, especially to spit phlegm.

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

  • noun informal terms for the mouth
  • noun a lump of slimy stuff
  • noun a man who serves as a sailor


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

[Perhaps from Scottish and Irish Gaelic.]

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

[Middle English gobbe, probably from Old French gobe, mouthful, from gober, to gulp, of Celtic origin.]

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

[Probably shortening of earlier gobshite, wad of expectorated chewing tobacco, sailor; see gobshite.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic gob ("beak, bill").


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  • British slang for "mouth". Curiously, the Slovene word for an animal's mouth (normally translated as "muzzle", "snout", etc.), which is also used as a rather crude word for a person's mouth, is gobec, pronounced GOH-bets. Despite the similarity with the British word, there seems to be no etymological connection, as the Slovene word has a long Slavic pedigree and is related to the Russian word for "lip" (губа – guba) and the Slovene word for "mushroom" (goba), deriving, probably, from a root gǫb-, meaning "protuberance".

    August 14, 2008

  • And what of the English etmology? Anything to do with gobble? Or gab?

    Also UK slang for spit (noun and verb) or phlegm. E.g. 'Terry gobbed at me, so I lamped him.' or 'Watch it! You almost stepped in that lad's gob on the ground there'.

    August 14, 2008

  • Here's what the Online Etymological Dictionary says:

    "a mouthful, lump," c.1382, from O.Fr. gobe "mouthful, lump," from gober "gulp, swallow down," probably from Gaul. *gobbo- (cf. Ir. gob "mouth," Gael. gob "beak"). This Celtic source also seems to be root of gob "mouth" (c.1550), which is the first element in gob-stopper "a kind of large hard candy" (1928).

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