\ˈbläb \

Definition of blob 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small drop or lump of something viscid or thick

b : a daub or spot of color

2 : something shapeless


blobbed; blobbing

Definition of blob (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with blobs : splotch

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Examples of blob in a Sentence


That blue blob in the corner of the map is the lake we're headed for. flicked a blob of jelly on the toast and began to spread it around

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use a bowl scraper or rubber spatula to turn the dough onto the surface in one blob. Alex Van Buren,, "Making No-Knead Bread Is So Much Easier Than You Think—and You’ll Use It in Meals All Week Long," 23 May 2018 William Robles, a supporter of the #RedForEd movement, was dressed in a bull costume, a couple of yards ahead of the massive blob of marchers. azcentral, "LIVE updates: Thousands of teachers, supporters walk out for more education funding," 26 Apr. 2018 Last year, astronomers were finally able to pin the burst on a particular galaxy, a fuzzy little blob of a thing that’s furiously birthing stars three billion light-years away in the constellation Auriga. National Geographic, "Mystery Radio Bursts From Space Just Got Even Weirder," 10 Jan. 2018 For everyone counting calories, one serving of Peeps — which is five of the little marshmallow blobs — contains 15 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of sugar and one gram of protein (maybe from the eyes?). Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "This sugary 'Peeps Show' enjoys a faithful following," 4 Apr. 2018 Cooked poorly, eggplant can have all the beauty and flavor of a mushy amorphous blob of gray goo. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018 WhatsApp and Signal store their messages in encrypted databases on the device, so an initial dump of the phone would have only provided a cryptographic blob. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry," 15 June 2018 It’s not shaped like one, really—just a nebulous faint blob of darkness with some visible stars. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: The Case of the Missing Dark Matter," 7 Apr. 2018 Clouds are just giant floating blobs in the atmosphere. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "This strange shadow was seen in Maryland and Pennsylvania on Saturday," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although seaweed is normal, seaweed blobs this thick are not. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of blob


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blob


Middle English (Scots)

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English Language Learners Definition of blob

: a usually small amount of something thick and wet

: something that does not have a regular shape


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Kids Definition of blob

: a small lump or drop of something thick a blob of paint

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