\ 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 Cheeseburgers and hot dogs crackle atop a grill, and Nevia eats corn on the cob, smiling and dancing in delight at first bite. Michael Fearon, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 Make snow cones, caramel corn, corn on the cob or soft pretzels. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 Restaurants that serve real Southern foods: barbecue, corn on the cob, and all of that. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 31 Jan. 2022 Once completely dry, the kernels can be removed from the cob by either rubbing two cobs together or using a spoon to push the kernels off. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 Remove from the grill and cut the corn from the cob. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 Corn milk scraped from the cob is an underused culinary item. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Sides included 60 pounds of sweet potatoes, 70 pounds of green beans, 300 servings of corn on the cob, 200 pounds of dressing and 120 pounds of cranberry dressing. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 There are bushels of apples, stalks of corn on the cob and bouquets of roses. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Kids Definition of cob

1 : a male swan
2 : corncob

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