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

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 In the immediate aftermath of the WC3:R patch going live, forum posters cobbled together a makeshift solution to get ultra-wide resolutions working, albeit with unoptimized results. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarCraft III Reforged: Not the flavor of chaos we were hoping for," 31 Jan. 2020 Levin and his colleagues have cobbled robots together out of living cells in the lab, programming them for complex behaviors. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)," 29 Jan. 2020 The vote came the day before Whitmer is scheduled to deliver her State of the State address, which is expected to focus on ways to cobble together a roads plan. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Should Michigan have toll roads? Senate votes to explore the idea," 28 Jan. 2020 The Afghan president’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, said that Ghani has a small team ready to negotiate but bickering has marred efforts to cobble together a team that anyone other than Ghani loyalists can agree upon. Washington Post, "Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US," 24 Jan. 2020 Ford has also cobbled together a public charging network to rival Tesla's. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Tesla's topsy-turvy 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Scientists cobbled together radar data, snow accumulation measurements, and surface motion data in order to chart the previously undiscovered valley. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Deepest Point on Land Is Hidden Beneath an Antarctic Glacier," 16 Dec. 2019 Pugh and his crew cobbled together the selected submissions into, essentially, a supercut of homemade Star Wars re-creations, and earned a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. Tyler Aquilina,, "5 great Star Wars pop-cultural oddities," 14 Dec. 2019 Mr Johnson had two powerful weapons to help his bid to cobble together an alliance to win a meaningful vote, stretching from hard-line Eurosceptics to Labour MPs in Leave-voting districts. The Economist, "MPs kick the Brexit can down the road. Again," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Gucci Mane And Keyshia Ka'oir Style Their Way Through Milan Fashion Week," 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, "In Georgetown, some streets have been renamed again and again," 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, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 The site’s capuchins use quartzite cobbles as hammerstones, and tree limbs and loose stones as anvils. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 These blocks can be made of granite Belgian block cobbles or a prefabricated concrete aggregate block. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Easy Landscape Design That'll Make Your Driveway 10 Times More Attractive," 19 Apr. 2019 Under the sweeping searchlight of the Eiffel Tower and nestled in the quiet cobbles of Saint-Germain, Hunting Season kicked off Couture Week last night with an intimate dinner at Le Bar de L’Hotel. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "At Couture Week, Hunting Season Hosted a Très Chic Crew for Dinner," 22 Jan. 2019 Photo: Pool Bernard Papon/Zuma Press The Tour has visited these cobbles before. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 The jagged edges of the cobbles inject the likelihood of regular punctures and mechanical failures. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018

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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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The first known use of cobble was in the 15th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Cobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cobble

: to make (something) by putting together different parts in a quick way
old-fashioned : to make or repair (shoes)

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