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 upcobble 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

Verb expensive leather shoes cobbled in Italy Noun a street paved with cobbles
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But because so many pupils had relocated, Paradise High School dropped to a lower classification and cobbled together an independent schedule, unable to join a conference. NBC News, "Paradise regained: A year after the Camp Fire, a resilient town rebuilds," 8 Nov. 2019 Neither offense did much until the Buckeyes cobbled together a 12-play, 41-yard drive midway through the second quarter. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ohio State 38, UW 7: After sluggish start, fourth-ranked Buckeyes continue dominance of Wisconsin," 26 Oct. 2019 Illustrators strive for efficiency to fulfill more assignments to cobble together a living wage. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "Why editorial illustrations look so similar these days," 26 Oct. 2019 At that point, investors were giddy at the prospect of California’s legislators allowing the company to cobble together various bits of financial engineering to avoid doing the obvious: recapitalizing itself with new, dilutive equity. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Would You Own PG&E Even After Chapter 11?," 25 Oct. 2019 An abundance of fake supercars with replica badges like those made in Brazil are much more threatening to car manufacturers than artistic enthusiasts who use kits and cobbled together pieces to build a look-a-like, experts say. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Are those fake Lamborghinis and Bugattis sold online just about fun? Or is it fraud?," 21 Oct. 2019 That was the score against the California United Strikers at SDCCU Stadium after cobbling together a roster in a matter of weeks, then struggling through preseason exhibitions and in last week’s 2-0 opening loss against the LA Force. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pro soccer team 1904 FC wins its home debut at SDCCU Stadium," 14 Sep. 2019 Colby eventually found a worn but promising space just north of Koreatown near Western Avenue, cobbling together a group of restaurant investors to fund construction. Garrett Snyder,, "A first look at Antico, Chad Colby’s ode to rustic Italian cooking," 11 June 2019 Going independent meant cobbling together schedules that are rather challenging. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scouting report: Aztecs at New Mexico State," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ambitious couple sat front-row at fashion shows, chopped it up with Dapper Dan and Asap Rocky, and hit the historical cobble-stone streets for their usual photo opps. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Gucci Mane And Keyshia Ka'oir Style Their Way Through Milan Fashion Week," 27 Sep. 2019 Georgetown is a good place to glimpse such palimpsests, which include the cobbles and streetcar tracks on O and P streets. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In Georgetown, some streets have been renamed again and again," 31 Aug. 2019 Gilets with sweat on their brows diligently dug up cobbles or chipped fresh stone projectiles from the facades of buildings. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 The site’s capuchins use quartzite cobbles as hammerstones, and tree limbs and loose stones as anvils. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 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

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

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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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