cobble

verb
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 up cobble together an agreementcobble up a temporary solution

cobble

noun

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

The complex of five ranch houses cobbled together over the years — featuring a grotto out front complete with fountains and life-size statues of dolphins — was back on the market as of last fall for $1.75 million. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's why it's nearly impossible to sell a mansion in Indy," 4 Jan. 2018 Parcel by parcel, land trusts such as Natural Lands have become a force in the region, cobbling together large, complex deals such as Bryn Coed. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "With thousands of acres, millions of dollars, land trusts are a force in local development," 14 June 2018 Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe last July, President Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "No, the GOP’s public war with the FBI is not normal," 1 Feb. 2018 Joe Mysak, an editor at Bloomberg Brief, discusses news that Illinois is racing to cobble together a budget deal as a downgrade to junk looms. Bloomberg.com, "The ’Sidelining’ of the U.S. State Department," 30 June 2017 But in the time before Lyles put on the Retreivers jersey, UMBC cobbled together 34 wins in six seasons. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "In 'uphill battle' to secure NBA roster spot, UMBC hero Jairus Lyles is still an underdog," 12 July 2018 Lilacs in bloom, birds chirping, cobblestones all cobbled, leaves turning. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "O, Small-bany!," 7 May 2018 Players with disabilities, who use gaming as a form of entertainment but also as a way to interact and connect with others, have been cobbling together options for nontraditional controls for years. Rachel Lerman, courant.com, "Microsoft's New Xbox Controller Courts Gamers With Disabilities," 30 May 2018 Studdert has also cobbled together roughly half a million dollars in funding, including a grant from a new consortium of philanthropies that banded together to fund this kind of research. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "Tenacious new gun researchers are determined to break cycle of mass shootings," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The last section of cobbles is only three miles from the finish. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong Takes on the Tour de France," 6 July 2018 The area is flat, sandy and more delicate, interspersed with smaller plants and cobbles. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018 These spreads of cobbles, the archaeologists say, may be the remains of stone-and-soil ramps the Rapanui once used to roll giant stone hats to the tops of their iconic statues. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 But early investigators found the hilly ridges to be composed of clay, silt, sand, pebbles, cobbles and boulders, all jumbled up together. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018 Hauling out some 7,000 cubic yards of debris — work that is still ongoing — is allowing a soft, sandy beach to grow where there was bare cobble and rock. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit seeks more review of projects that ‘armor’ Puget Sound shoreline," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of cobble

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cobble

Verb

Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler

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cobble

verb

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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