\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Definition of cob

1 [perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] : a male swan
2a dialectal, England : a rounded mass, lump, or heap
b : a mixture of unburned clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England
3 : a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape often used before another noun a cob dollar
5 : a stocky short-legged riding horse

Examples of cob in a Sentence

She used a knife to cut the corn from the cob. We had corn on the cob.
Recent Examples on the Web The menu at Elotitos starts with two types of corn: boiled and on the cob or cut and served in a cup. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "A whole snack shop devoted to Mexican street corn, Elotitos Corn Bar, opening in San Antonio's Deco District on West Side," 1 Apr. 2021 Once both are cooked and cooled, chop bacon into thick pieces and cut the corn off the cob. Alex Darus, cleveland, "8 football snack recipes that will make you want to stay home this Sunday," 6 Oct. 2020 But there are plenty of foods that can be correctly eaten with the hands under any circumstances, including whole artichokes, bread, grapes, sandwiches, nuts, corn on the cob, olives, pickles, celery, anything on crackers, and (really) asparagus. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Rules about difficult topics exist for a reason," 23 Mar. 2021 Khouri explains that boils are cooked to order with fresh ingredients that consist of shrimp, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob, served in a pot. Gary Stern, Forbes, "Take-Out And Catering Specialist Outer Banks Boil Company Developing A Following," 1 Mar. 2021 Anything from skillet cookies to corn on the cob is fair game. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "You Can Make a Gooey Skillet Cookie In Just 10 Minutes Using Your Air Fryer," 26 Feb. 2021 Cocidos range from Catalonia’s meatball-laden escudella to Canarian puchero bobbing with corn on the cob, but the most famous version hails from Madrid. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "This Meaty Stew Recipe Is a Uniquely Satisfying Winter-Weekend Project," 18 Feb. 2021 That was a surprise to me, since crack-your-own seafood events were always a distinctly summery pastime for us: bibs, picnic tables, corn on the cob. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "My favorite white wines to pair with Bay Area Dungeness crab, the purest joy of a short season," 11 Feb. 2021 The truth is, film and television have long celebrated country and small-town life and the values that supposedly maintain there: community, faith, proximity to the land, respect for authority, front-porch courting, sack races, corn on the cob. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Pop culture isn’t biased toward ‘coastal elites.’ If anything, it’s the opposite," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cob

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cob

Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head; probably akin to cub (young animal), Middle English kebbe old cow or sheep, Dutch dialect kabbe, kebbe piglet

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16 Apr 2021

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“Cob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cob

: a type of horse that has short legs
: a male swan


\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Kids Definition of cob

1 : a male swan
2 : corncob

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