cob·ble | \ ˈkä-bəl \
cobbled; cobbling\-b(ə-)liŋ \

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

Examples of cobble in a Sentence


expensive leather shoes cobbled in Italy


a street paved with cobbles

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Getting his feedback, and then cobbling something together. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "And other revelations from model and makeup effects designer Steve Newburn," 14 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Kustra pointed to the College of Arts and Sciences program to allow students to cobble together three minors rather than one major course of study, providing more diversity of thought. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise State-Apple U? Facebook sports? Bob Kustra still has bold ideas as retirement nears," 12 June 2018 Navarro later called Mnuchin’s conciliatory comments ‘‘an unfortunate soundbite.’’ Ross nonetheless journeyed to Beijing Friday to work out details of the vague agreement Mnuchin had earlier cobbled together with the Chinese vice premier. Joe Mcdonald And Paul Wiseman,, "China warns US trade deals are off if tariffs go ahead," 3 June 2018 The crisis in Spain comes as populist, anti-immigrant and euro-skeptical parties in Italy struggle to cobble together a government and Britain faces a decisive round of negotiations later this month to leave the European Union. Washington Post, "Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ousted amid corruption scandal," 2 June 2018 Ohio Avenue features a patchwork of strategies that staff members of all levels have cobbled together in their effort to help the students grow—and the school’s academic and behavioral gains suggest that approach has worked. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Atlantic, "One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior," 8 May 2018 At some point before the end of June, the Supreme Court will rule on New Jersey’s attempt to offer sports betting, and if New Jersey wins, the country’s sports betting laws will get cobbled together state by state, at least at first., "Tennis match-fixing probe targets growing market for sports data," 30 Apr. 2018 Merkel has still not been able to cobble together a coalition government even after months of talks with other political parties. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "French president warns that UK can’t keep full access to EU," 20 Jan. 2018 All of these story lines feel cobbled together from various parts and stray lug-nuts, and one of the unfortunate side-effects is Not Enough Michelle Pfeiffer. Ty Burr,, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a Marvel marvel," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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 The 23-year-old Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider fell on the second set of cobbles in the one-day classic in northern France. Jim Vertuno, Houston Chronicle, "Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government," 19 Apr. 2018 The skill is riding a 1938 Ariel Red Hunter at speed on a road of treacherous cobbles that could shift and spill you at any time. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance," 31 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of cobble

: to make (something) by putting together different parts in a quick way

: to make or repair (shoes)

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