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 The February games in Puerto Rico against the Bahamas and Mexico landed in the middle of the NBA, G League and college seasons, meaning the federation had to cobble together a 14-man roster of guys not currently in uniform. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "KJ Feagin’s wild ride: From Amazon to Puerto Rico to Bulgaria," 18 Feb. 2021 But in recent years, physicists too have joined the field, eager to decipher how viruses cobble themselves together and move from place to place despite lacking most of the machinery that enables cells to replicate and run. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, "If you squeeze the coronavirus, does it shatter?," 28 Jan. 2021 Every Canadian outfitter was thrown into a tailspin, scrambling to cobble a season together and market their available hunts and fishing trips. Rachel Ahtila, Outdoor Life, "The Canadian Outfitters Who Survived 2020 Are Rewarded with Another Uncertain Season," 27 Dec. 2020 That’s left renters without permanent housing and homeowners unable to cobble together enough money to rebuild. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California Week in Review: New crackdowns," 5 Dec. 2020 One of the parties that make up his coalition is opposed to such a move, meaning Rutte will likely have to cobble together support from opposition parties. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Dutch govt to beef up lockdown amid fears about new variants," 19 Jan. 2021 But Michigan's inability to cobble together a rotation without Brooks, one of only two dependable ball-handlers and guards on the roster, showed how fragile life can be for high-major basketball teams — even the nation's best. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan basketball received 'a good learning tool' in first loss of season," 17 Jan. 2021 Edward was able to cobble together enough money to buy, first, his own freedom, and then his family’s. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 In a cyberpunk world, high tech meets low life, and power belongs to those who can cobble together the code and the credits to seize it. Matthew Gault, Wired, "A Founding Father of Cyberpunk Isn't Surprised By Its Comeback," 10 Dec. 2020 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, "This Plaza in Italy Is Perfectly Designed for Social Distancing," 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, "How to Make Primitive Survival Weapons in the Bush," 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,, "For $50, this guy will write a custom song just for you," 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, "When Wilderness is a Catch-22," 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, "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

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Cobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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