cob

noun \ ˈkäb \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of cob

1
[perhaps short for cobswan lead swan]
: a male swan
2 a 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
4 : corncob 1
5 : a stocky short-legged riding horse

Examples of cob in a Sentence

  1. She used a knife to cut the corn from the cob.

  2. We had corn on the cob.

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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



COB Defined for English Language Learners

cob

noun

Definition of cob for English Language Learners

  • : a type of horse that has short legs

  • : a male swan


COB Defined for Kids

cob

noun \ ˈkäb \

Definition of cob for Students

1 : a male swan
2 : corncob


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