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

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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 Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Dear Oscars, I Love You. But We Need to Talk.," 13 Jan. 2020 Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Dear Oscars, I Love You. But We Need to Talk.," 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, "Watch Marine Life Feast On a Complete Whale Skeleton On the Ocean Floor," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such bodies travel more efficiently through water, and thick stores of energy-rich blubber pile on helpful momentum. Eric M. Keen, Scientific American, "Why Are Blue Whales So Gigantic?," 31 July 2020 Several months later, experts published a study on a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil that had evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins. Fox News, "Prehistoric 15-foot dolphin acted like modern-day killer whales, researchers say," 11 July 2020 This makes logical sense, as the Inuit and Thule peoples of the Arctic and their working dogs have survived for thousands of years by hunting blubber-rich marine mammals, like seals and whales. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Humans and dogs have been sledding together for nearly 10,000 years," 25 June 2020 Sea lions secrete an oil that, combined with the blubber and fur, creates a natural wetsuit that protects them from frigid temps. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Sea Lions Steal Small Vessel, Don't Care at All," 3 Jan. 2020 To maintain structural integrity in their ice houses, the ancient Inuit fastened the blocks together with a substance made of whale blubber and seal droppings, called ig-glue. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1360: The lyin’ about winter — a fictoid contest," 27 Nov. 2019 The Sentimentality Bunny’s departure always makes me blubber. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Little House on the Prairie’," 10 May 2020 The onlookers were covered in a downpour of whale blubber. Fox News, "British town uses Oregon's 'exploding whale' fiasco to teach coronavirus social distancing lesson," 8 Apr. 2020 Those numbers were quickly decimated: the species is fatter and floatier than other whales, which made them prime targets for whalers looking for oily blubber. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Searching for the World's Most Endangered Whale," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of blubber was in the 15th century

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“Blubber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blubber. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for blubber

blubber

verb
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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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