blubber

verb
blub·​ber | \ ˈblə-bər How to pronounce blubber (audio) \
blubbered; blubbering\ ˈblə-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blubbering (audio) \

Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to weep noisily

transitive verb

1 : to swell, distort, or wet with weeping
2 : to utter while weeping

blubber

noun

Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the fat of whales and other large marine mammals
b : excessive fat on the body
2 : the action of blubbering

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Synonyms for blubber

Synonyms: Verb

bawl, blub [chiefly British], cry, sob, weep

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Examples of blubber in a Sentence

Verb

Oh, stop blubbering, you big baby! the poor child was blubbering because she had fallen and skinned her knee

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the humans blubbered and begged for their lives, the bots turned them into target practice, used their corpses to set up ambushes to create more corpses, and hanged them only after the slow torment of a monologue. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Westworld: 'Everything Is Code'," 22 Apr. 2018 And over the last 24 hours, there’s been loads of excitement: Team USA’s nail-biting final curling match against Sweden left four-time Olympian John Shuster a blubbering mess after leading his team to gold. Kathryn Lundstrom, SI.com, "Saturday Daily Olympic Digest: A New Definition of 'Shustering'," 24 Feb. 2018 Burning: Songs like Burning are the reason why casual listeners turn to Sam Smith’s music, looking for three-minute exercises in emotional manipulation that renders you a blubbering mess. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill of It All’: Ranking the album’s saddest songs," 2 Nov. 2017 DeeDee Magno Hall’s Diana also is capable of reducing audience members — first timers or not — to blubbering wrecks with her searching fragility and voice like warm honey. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "At East West Players, the gut-wrenching emotion of 'Next to Normal' transcends race," 26 May 2017 This explains why most, so far, appear to be playing along with Trump—espousing a patriotic duty to work with the administration while blubbering platitudes about cooperation and listening and being stewards of the economy. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Will Wall Street Turn on Trump?," 25 Jan. 2017 This explains why most, so far, appear to be playing along with Trump—espousing a patriotic duty to work with the administration while blubbering platitudes about cooperation and listening and being stewards of the economy. William D. Cohan, The Hive, "Will Wall Street Turn on Trump?," 25 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ask the jellyfish at the New England Aquarium, where resarchers tested the device, pulling moon jellies, jelly blubbers, and spotted jellies, all about the size of a golf ball, from the water without causing them any stress. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard researchers say they’ve developed a gripping tool that will keep delicate jellyfish from going splat," 4 Sep. 2019 Ship logs and sailors’ journals noted sperm, right, and humpback whales being killed for baleen—which functioned then in some ways like modern plastic—and blubber, which could be rendered into oil for lamps and industrial machinery. Steve Benjamin, National Geographic, "Humpback whales make stunning comeback in southern Africa," 18 July 2019 The men were stuck on this vessel for 10 months, surviving off penguin meat and seal blubber. Tim Jarvis, Quartz, "Ernest Shackleton’s story teaches us leadership—and also how to fight climate change," 23 Aug. 2019 Residents of the remote islands kill hundreds of pilot whales during the warmer months of each year, in order to use the animals’ blubber and meat to make it through the harsh winter. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Annual Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter Leaves Scenic Waters Blood Red," 5 Aug. 2019 Onlookers were covered in blubber and a car was smashed by flying pieces of whale meat, but much of the carcass did not go anywhere. New York Times, "A Beached Whale Needs Somewhere to Rot. How About Your Place?," 17 June 2019 In the early 1800s, Russian fur traders harvested blubber from elephant seals and pelts from sea lions. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 For the first half of the meeting Lopez was able only to blubber inaudible words and squeal from excitement. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out the moment Brett Favre meets one of his biggest fans during the AmFam golf outing in Madison," 23 June 2019 Because pups are born without blubber, their mother’s milk is 50 percent fat, allowing the 20-pound newborns to pack on five pounds a day. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of blubber

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

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

History and Etymology for blubber

Verb

Middle English blubren to make a bubbling sound, from bluber

Noun

Middle English bluber bubble, foam, probably of imitative origin

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blubber

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cry in a noisy and annoying way

blubber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fat on whales and some other animals that live in the water

blubber

verb
blub·​ber | \ ˈblə-bər How to pronounce blubber (audio) \
blubbered; blubbering

Kids Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to weep noisily
2 : to utter while weeping “I'm sorry,” he blubbered.

blubber

noun

Kids Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fat of various sea mammals (as whales and seals) from which oil can be obtained

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