\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Definition of cob

1 [perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] : a male swan
2a dialectal, England : a rounded mass, lump, or heap
b : a mixture of unburned clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England
3 : a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape often used before another noun a cob dollar
5 : a stocky short-legged riding horse

Examples of cob in a Sentence

She used a knife to cut the corn from the cob. We had corn on the cob.
Recent Examples on the Web Cocidos range from Catalonia’s meatball-laden escudella to Canarian puchero bobbing with corn on the cob, but the most famous version hails from Madrid. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "This Meaty Stew Recipe Is a Uniquely Satisfying Winter-Weekend Project," 18 Feb. 2021 That was a surprise to me, since crack-your-own seafood events were always a distinctly summery pastime for us: bibs, picnic tables, corn on the cob. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "My favorite white wines to pair with Bay Area Dungeness crab, the purest joy of a short season," 11 Feb. 2021 The truth is, film and television have long celebrated country and small-town life and the values that supposedly maintain there: community, faith, proximity to the land, respect for authority, front-porch courting, sack races, corn on the cob. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Pop culture isn’t biased toward ‘coastal elites.’ If anything, it’s the opposite," 30 Dec. 2020 The traditional vegan Thanksgiving meal ($135) includes a choice of vegan meatloaf, turkey loaf or chicken cutlets, and comes with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, garlic green beans, sweet corn on the cob and sweet potato casserole. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "40-plus North Texas restaurants offering Thanksgiving dishes and desserts to-go," 12 Nov. 2020 The $29 clambake menu features a classic combination of chowder, one dozen clams, half chicken, chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and sweet potato. Joey Morona, cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 22 Oct. 2020 Brooke had outdone herself on this trip, encouraging me to eschew my minimalist camp cooking in favor of salmon, corn on the cob and rice. oregonlive, "Backpacking the spectacular Salmon River Trail: Peak Northwest (video)," 4 Sep. 2020 Their already popular elote (street corn on a stick) is getting liberated from the cob. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Quick & dirty: QuesaLoco food truck rides the birria wave," 19 Nov. 2020 There is also, of course, tons of instant information that is actually useful, like instructions for grilling corn on the cob, or unclogging a bathtub drain. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Wikipedia, “Jeopardy!,” and the Fate of the Fact," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cob

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cob

Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head; probably akin to cub (young animal), Middle English kebbe old cow or sheep, Dutch dialect kabbe, kebbe piglet

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

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27 Feb 2021

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“Cob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cob

: a type of horse that has short legs
: a male swan


\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Kids Definition of cob

1 : a male swan
2 : corncob

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