cob·​ble | \ ˈkä-bəl How to pronounce cobble (audio) \
cobbled; cobbling\ ˈkä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce cobble (audio) \

Definition of cobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to mend or patch coarsely
2 : repair, make cobble shoes
3 : to make or put together roughly or hastily often used with together or up cobble together an agreementcobble up a temporary solution



Definition of cobble (Entry 2 of 2)

2 cobbles plural, chiefly British : lump coal about the size of small cobblestones

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cobble in a Sentence

Verb expensive leather shoes cobbled in Italy Noun a street paved with cobbles
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Richard Nixon successfully used antiabortion positions to appeal to Catholic voters; Republicans have been using the prospect of overturning Roe vs. Wade to cobble together an improbable coalition of Catholics, evangelicals and far right groups. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 The problem the Hockeys are trying to solve is that fintechs and large tech companies often need to cobble together a patchwork of financial services partners to offer basic products. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The teams’ similarities could make for a low-scoring game in which whoever is able to cobble together the most offense will come out on top. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The former union leader, a figure that was able to cobble together impossible alliances, had banked on cooperating with the center-right to keep the Sweden Democrats out of power. Time, 25 Nov. 2021 The former union leader, a figure that was able to cobble together impossible alliances, had banked on cooperating with the center-right to keep the Sweden Democrats out of power. Niclas Rolander,, 25 Nov. 2021 Even down 23 in the fourth quarter, the Magic were able to cobble together a run of their own to cut the deficit to 13 at the end. Matt Murschel,, 4 Nov. 2021 The club has shown the ability to cobble together a strong bullpen. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 But now that YouTube has fully matured into a mainstream component of many consumers’ media diet—a process accelerated by the pandemic—asking creators to cobble together revenue via third-party services seems less than efficient. Adario Strange, Quartz, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Time Out, design firm Caret Studio has installed white, painted squares on the stone cobbles of Piazza Giotto in Vicchio to show people how to keep a safe distance. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 15 May 2020 Look for a smooth, oval-shaped stone with fine pores, such as the quartzite or dark basalt cobbles found along most riverbeds. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, 24 Apr. 2020 Patreons of the arts Phillip Cotter, like most local working musicians, cobbles together various revenue streams to make a living. Chris Varias,, 20 Mar. 2020 Along the glistening cobbles of the bank, a black ouzel bobbed and flew rock to rock, staying just ahead of me, keeping me company. Peter Heller, Outdoor Life, 17 Feb. 2020 The ambitious couple sat front-row at fashion shows, chopped it up with Dapper Dan and Asap Rocky, and hit the historical cobble-stone streets for their usual photo opps. Nandi Howard, Essence, 27 Sep. 2019 Georgetown is a good place to glimpse such palimpsests, which include the cobbles and streetcar tracks on O and P streets. John Kelly, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2019 Gilets with sweat on their brows diligently dug up cobbles or chipped fresh stone projectiles from the facades of buildings. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019 The site’s capuchins use quartzite cobbles as hammerstones, and tree limbs and loose stones as anvils. The Economist, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cobble


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cobble


Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler

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20 May 2022

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“Cobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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