Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as knobber.—
  • noun In metallurgy, same as nobbler.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) The hart in its second year; a young deer.

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  • noun hunting, animal husbandry The hart in its second year; a young deer.

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Examples

  • All I have to say about This Modern World is "Crapulent snurf machine knob knobbler!"

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  • So long was the chase that when the greyhounds pulled down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wandered in quest of our company, whom, it would seem, the sport had led in a different direction.

    Waverley

  • Drawslot; ` ` here have I been telling him, that all the marks were those of a buck of the first head, and he has halloed the hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler!

    The Waverley

  • ` ` I trow, '' said Peter Lanaret, ` ` I know the reason of the noble lord's absence; for when that mooncalf, Gregory, hallooed the dogs upon the knobbler, and galloped like a green hilding, as he is, after them, I saw the

    The Waverley

  • So long was the chase, that when the greyhounds pulled down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wandered in quest of our company, whom it would seem the sport had led in a different direction.

    The Waverley

  • 'May the foul fiend, booted and spurred, ride down his bawling throat with a scythe at his girdle,' quoth Albert Drawslot; 'here have I been telling him that all the marks were those of a buck of the first head, and he has hallooed the hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler!

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • 'May the foul fiend, booted and spurred, ride down his bawling throat with a scythe at his girdle,' quoth Albert Drawslot; 'here have I been telling him that all the marks were those of a buck of the first head, and he has hallooed the hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler!

    Waverley — Complete

  • So long was the chase that, when the greyhounds pulled down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wandered in quest of our company, whom it would seem the sport had led in a different direction.

    Waverley — Complete

  • So long was the chase that when the greyhounds pulled down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wandered in quest of our company, whom, it would seem, the sport had led in a different direction.

    Waverley

  • So long was the chase that, when the greyhounds pulled down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wandered in quest of our company, whom it would seem the sport had led in a different direction.

    Waverley — Volume 1

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  • From a British term related to disable, stun, kill. Thence a club or other instrument to effect such. See nobble, nobbler, nobbled. Also called a (fisherman's) cosh, an instrument with which to quickly dispatch a caught fish.

    "The fisherman seeing the wake of the speeding salmon must get ahead of it, dip the open (lave) net into the water to mesh it, lift it clear by grounding the handstaff and kill it with his knobbler, the fisherman's cosh. Quote from the British agricultural journal The Countryman, Vol. LIII, 1956, p. 90.

    September 1, 2010