clob·​ber | \ ˈklä-bər How to pronounce clobber (audio) \

Definition of clobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British slang


clobbered; clobbering\ ˈklä-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce clobber (audio) \

Definition of clobber (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pound mercilessly also : to hit with force clobber a home run
2a : to defeat overwhelmingly
b : to have a strongly negative impact on businesses clobbered by the recession
c : to criticize harshly

Examples of clobber in a Sentence

Noun Just dump your clobber anywhere. still wearing the same clobber he wore as an undergrad at Cambridge Verb If you say anything I'll clobber you. We clobbered them in our last game. Businesses are being clobbered by the bad economy.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neat, said engineers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine, who’ve invented a clever kind of material based on the mantis shrimp’s clobber-sticks. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Feb. 2021 The Reds were first togged out by New Balance for the 2015/16 season, following the American sportswear company's takeover of Warrior Sports (remember them?) and have produced Liverpool's clobber for the last five seasons., 29 Sep. 2019 Because this amount was not indexed to inflation, the AMT clobbers more people each year. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His final memory entailed watching Ethan clobber a ball that bounced over the right field fence, driving in two runs to end the scrimmage. Jeff Truesdell, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 Boston finished the quarter on a 20-5 run and continued to clobber the Heat with defense and hot shooting in the second quarter. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 But a leader from the statesman’s wing of the GOP (maybe even—swoon—Paul Ryan) could translate Trumpian grievance mongering into a populist platform that would clobber Hillary Clinton in the fall. Timothy Shenk, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 This Biennial, almost without exception, doesn’t clobber us over the head with dogma or tartuffery. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Western sanctions were designed to clobber Russia’s economy in a variety of ways, including by weakening the country’s banks and currency and by depriving it of precious imports. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Villanova built a 19-point lead in the opening 10 minutes and went on to clobber Butler for the second time this season, 78-59, in Big East basketball Saturday before a crowd of 8,163 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Mar. 2022 Getty Images As Internet attacks go, data floods designed to knock servers offline are among the crudest, akin to a brutish caveman wielding a club to clobber his rival. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 Go ahead, clobber him in the head and watch the blood gush. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clobber


1879, in the meaning defined above


circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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clob·​ber | \ ˈklä-bər How to pronounce clobber (audio) \
clobbered; clobbering

Kids Definition of clobber

1 : to hit with force He clobbered a ball to the outfield.
2 : to defeat very easily

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