[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 Remove and cool to the touch, then cut the kernels from the cobs. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 8 July 2024 Corn cob stock is liquid gold for the creamiest, yummiest grits. Catherine Jessee, Southern Living, 4 July 2024 This month’s recipe, Blue Catfish Hash: Two large potatoes peeled and boiled until fork tender; one pound of blue catfish poached in salted water, white wine and lemon juice; one bell pepper and one onion diced and sauteed until soft; a cup of cooked corn off the cob. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2024 Carefully drop each cob in the boiling water with tongs. Jill Schildhouse, Southern Living, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cob 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a male swan
: a short-legged stocky horse

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