\ˈkäb \

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.

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Dinner is whitefish, coleslaw, red potatoes, corn on the cob and cherry pie. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sprecher Brewing and Traveling Beer Garden host Feasts on the Beach to give park a boost," 10 May 2018 The company’s hotline will offer advice on a range of topics, like which cuts and seasonings to use, and advice for how to grill your corn on the cob, chicken breasts, and ribs, among other meats and vegetables. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Don't Know How to Grill a Steak? This Steakhouse Is Offering Free July Fourth Advice by Phone," 3 July 2018 Corn on the cob: Soak the corn in the husks in cold water for 30 minutes. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Eating contests include ice cream on Aug. 4; watermelon and corn on the cob on Aug. 5. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "County fairs are a throwback for bustling suburbs," 5 July 2018 Menu choices include Brandt beef steaks, white Mexican prawns, grilled Kielbasa and all-beef hot dogs, charred corn on the cob, summer salads and dessert bar. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego restaurants burst 4th with Independence Day specials," 28 June 2018 Pardee Historic Home Museum Annual Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic Burgers, dogs and corn on the cob off the grill, live ragtime music, raffle prizes and more., "July 4 events," 28 June 2018 The first is a family-style seafood boil from 1 to 9 p.m. July 14 with all-you-can-eat crawfish, shrimp, clams, sausage, corn on the cob, cornbread and salads for $28. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cafe Soeurette chef joins ownership of Barley Pop in Germantown," 23 June 2018 Non-rib fans will also find plenty to nosh on, including pizza, corn on the cob, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, Italian ices and more. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Summer heat perfect for this weekend's Elgin Ribfest, organizers say," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cob

: a type of horse that has short legs

: a male swan


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Kids Definition of cob

1 : a male swan

2 : corncob

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