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

transitive verb

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


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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
The party, which rose to international acclaim on the shoulders of Nelson Mandela, will now have two weeks to cobble together a government by partnering with one or more rival parties that have derided it as corrupt and vowed never to form an alliance with it. John Eligon, New York Times, 1 June 2024 As a result, planners must cobble together incomplete information from multiple sources to determine dynamic supply-and-demand requirements. Daniel Pellathy, The Conversation, 31 May 2024
Action, not words, is needed now to end the suffering, silence the beating of war drums, and cobble back together the fragile coalition Biden needs to remain in power. Joseph Geevarghese, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2024 An example is in Ventura at Surfer’s Point, where a living shoreline – a base of cobble on top of sand that uses vegetation to help hold things in place – has helped protect a coastline that was previously suffering from severe erosion. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cobble 

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Word History



Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cobble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
cob·​ble ˈkäb-əl How to pronounce cobble (audio)
cobbled; cobbling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce cobble (audio)
: to make roughly or hastily
often used with together or up


2 of 2 noun
: a rounded stone larger than a pebble and smaller than a boulder

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