cob·​bler ˈkä-blər How to pronounce cobbler (audio)
: a mender or maker of shoes and often of other leather goods
archaic : a clumsy workman
: a tall iced drink consisting usually of wine, rum, or whiskey and sugar garnished with mint or a slice of lemon or orange
: a deep-dish fruit dessert with a thick top crust

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Looks like there’s about to be cobbler all over South Florida. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 25 Feb. 2023 Don't forget to leave room for dessert: Wild Oats' Mother's Day desserts include molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, crème brûlée and strawberry rhubarb cobbler. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 22 Apr. 2023 These cobblestone streets keep my cobblers in both the US and Italy in business. Nneya Richards, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2023 Cassis, blackberry cobbler, coffee grounds and wet gravel on the palate. Tan Vinh And Owen Bargreen, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2022 But what’s the old saying about the cobbler’s children? Lauren Daley,, 19 Apr. 2023 Put on that oxygen mask, or your cobbler’s shoes, to ensure the pace is sustainable. Kim Rohrer, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2023 Dinners include choice of baked potato and French fries, coleslaw, roll, and apple or cherry cobbler from Holiday Market in Royal Oak. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2023 The concept is a family-style dessert shop with a menu that includes 12 cobbler flavors (served with free ice cream), 12 banana pudding flavors, six cinnamon roll flavors, 11 Bigger & Better Cookies, 12 Cobbler Cookies along with Sweet Peachy Tea, cold brew coffee and Latin blend coffee. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English cobelere

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cobbler was in the 13th century

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“Cobbler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


cob·​bler ˈkäb-lər How to pronounce cobbler (audio)
: a mender or maker of shoes
: a deep-dish fruit pie with a thick top crust

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