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



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: Verb

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Examples of blubber in a Sentence

Verb Oh, stop blubbering, you big baby! the poor child was blubbering because he had fallen and skinned his knee
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2020 Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 According to researchers on shore, the octopuses were likely chowing down on living crustaceans, not blubber remaining on the bones. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 16 Oct. 2019 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, 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,, 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, 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,, 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.,, 25 Jan. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some experts suspect that the estuary's warm and less salty waters also benefit younger calves that haven't developed their complete blubber exterior and help adults undergoing their annual molt. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2022 Their images demonstrate a rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop and their memes a rudimentary knowledge of what a meme is, but what saves them is their endearing earnestness and deep bench of blubber descriptions. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 2 Oct. 2018 During the hunt, sea mammals are lured into shallow water where they are killed for their meat and blubber. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 12 July 2022 It was blown to pieces, sending huge chunks of blubber falling not just onto innocent bystanders, but into the history books. oregonlive, 21 July 2022 Beneath the pleated skin and the blubber, the researchers found 10 liters of blood – evidence of internal bleeding – and a 31.5-inch (80-centimeter) bruise (hematoma) at the base of its heart. Katie Hunt, CNN, 15 July 2022 After a crew from the California Academy of Sciences conducted its necropsy, Sudan and his own crew sawed the blubber from the bones and disassembled and preserved the skeleton, a project that took a full year. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 June 2022 The settlers observed the Inuit hunting seals and then heating their homes by burning blubber, eating the meat—surviving. Outside Online, 1 Sep. 2021 Over the past few million years, walruses have adapted to their frigid environments, with long ivory tusks to protect them from polar bears and thick, bristled skin with up to six inches of insulating blubber underneath. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blubber


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


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

History and Etymology for blubber


Middle English blubren to make a bubbling sound, from bluber


Middle English bluber bubble, foam, probably of imitative origin

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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.



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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