Definition of cob
1 [perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] : a male swan
2a dialectal, England : a rounded mass, lump, or heapb : 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
4 : corncob 1
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 of cob from the Web
How about some corn-on-the-cob and baby carrots, too?
The technology stores natural gas at low pressure in carbon briquettes made from baked corn cobs, according to the Kansas City Star.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of cob for English Language Learners
: a type of horse that has short legs
: a male swan
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