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

The Celtics, with their incomprehensible portfolio of burgeoning stars and draft pick gold, have the ability to cobble together a package that no team in the Spurs position could resist. David Murphy,, "Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes may get too steep for Sixers if Lakers, Celtics make best offers | David Murphy," 28 June 2018 For theater artistic directors, the struggle to cobble together the perfect season is complex and endlessly frustrating. David Lyman,, "Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati season includes 'Alice,' 'Doll's House 2'," 30 Mar. 2018 All of this will come to a head at an EU summit in Brussels on June 28th-29th, where Mrs Merkel must try to cobble together a deal that can satisfy both Mr Seehofer and Mr Salvini. The Economist, "Confusion over immigration and crime is roiling European politics," 28 June 2018 Democrats have to cobble together a coalition of white and nonwhite voters, religious and secular. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Is Trump’s Personality Cult. Could Democrats Do the Same?," 27 June 2018 Contractors are vulnerable to weather, human error and the missteps that result when dozens of unrelated subcontractors join forces to cobble together a home. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 The good folks at DraftExpress were able to cobble together a collection of McDonald’s All-American Game, Team USA and Missouri highlights to represent Porter well enough. Andrew Perloff,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft: The YouTube Edition," 20 June 2018 It is spearheaded nationally by the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, activist ministers who seek to cobble together a politically potent grass-roots coalition of poor people and their allies. Adrian Walker,, "Monday’s downtown traffic jam was part of a national antipoverty campaign," 12 June 2018 For this, the third round of negotiations, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, leading the efforts for either side, didn’t even bother to cobble together the sort of bland joint communique that concluded the last round. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's trade war makes enemies out of longtime U.S. allies," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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

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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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