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

Ten months ago, the 24-year-old x-ray technician cobbled together sick days and vacation days, plus three weeks of unpaid leave, to recover from childbirth and take care of her baby. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 Desks were purchased and classrooms were built and a small teaching staff was cobbled together. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Outsiders, FLDS battle for control of towns Warren Jeffs left behind," 27 Mar. 2018 In 2016, Trump was able to cobble together a coalition of these voters and working-class ones by pushing an amalgam of conservative and (relatively) liberal positions. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The 2018 midterms are looking great for Democrats: A continuing series.," 14 Mar. 2018 His body ravaged by chemotherapy treatments, retired radio engineer John Kanzius spent months in his basement in 2003 cobbling together a makeshift tumor-killing machine. Erika Hayasaki, Newsweek, "Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial," 21 July 2015 Financing was cobbled together from the World Bank, other development organizations and commercial lenders. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Blackstone Scores Profit on Dam Deal Dubbed ‘Big Mistake’ in Uganda," 28 Aug. 2018 The craft was called the Lady Duck, an odd amphibious contraption that was cobbled together using the chassis of a Ford F-350 truck, sealed to be watertight, and extended to a length of 28 feet. Eric Adler, The Seattle Times, "Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck-boat tragedy. Now it must, experts say.," 30 July 2018 The showdown over government funding shifted Friday to the Senate after the House passed a short-term extension that was cobbled together with enough GOP votes to overcome an internal revolt. Anchorage Daily News, "Shutdown looms as Senate Democrats dig in against GOP spending plan," 19 Jan. 2018 The State Department move comes after some other government agencies have similarly cobbled together the money to fund operations for a time. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "State Department Workers Called Back to Their Jobs," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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