From Middle English gobben, gabben (“to drink greedily”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a variant of Middle English globben (“to gulp down”), related to Middle English gulpen (“to gulp”); or alternatively related to French gober (“swallow, gulp”), from Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic gob (“beak, bill”), from Proto-Celtic *gobbos. See also gobbet.
gob (countable and uncountable, plural gobs)
- (countable) A lump of soft or sticky material.
- (countable, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, slang) The mouth.
- (uncountable, slang) Saliva or phlegm.
- (US, military, slang) A sailor.
- (uncountable, mining) Waste material in old mine workings, goaf.
- (US, regional) A whoopee pie.
gob (third-person singular simple present gobs, present participle gobbing, simple past and past participle gobbed)
- To gather into a lump.
- To spit, especially to spit phlegm.
- (mining, intransitive) To pack away waste material in order to support the walls of the mine.