[perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] : a male swan
dialectal, England : a rounded mass, lump, or heap
: a mixture of unburned clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England
: a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape
often used before another noun
a cob dollar
: 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 Place scraped cobs and milky liquid, whole milk, and 2 cups water in a large saucepan; bring just to a boil over medium-high. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 Staff are highly trained on material disposal and recycling, along with food composting, and the eco-friendly mind-set makes its way into the dishes too: A spring dessert transformed what would have been discarded corn husks into an ash to top a corn cream made from a stock that used the cobs. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 What is Tha Corn Man? Campbell made his name as Tha Corn Man with elotes, Mexican street corn – topped with mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and cilantro – and served on the cob or in cups. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 The Mexican Street Corn cart on the ballpark’s main concourse serves elote on the cob (Elote Classico) or off the cob (Especial). Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2023 Get Creative with Corn Corn cobs are plentiful this time of year; transform the crop into custom outdoor decor. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 Howard was attending a workshop on cob and straw bale construction led by Mr. Kelley, the end result of which was to build the retreat’s walls. Penelope Green, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2023 Pop the case around the ears and twist it while pushing down the cob; the kernels will soon collect in the cocktail-shaker style base. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 Spread butter on corn: Spread 1 tablespoon herb butter on each corn cob. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Cob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cob. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a male swan
: a short-legged stocky horse

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