cobweb

noun

cob·​web ˈkäb-ˌweb How to pronounce cobweb (audio)
1
a
: the network spread by a spider : spiderweb
b
: tangles of the silken threads of a spiderweb usually covered with accumulated dirt and dust
2
: something that entangles, obscures, or confuses
a cobweb of law and politics
cobwebbed adjective

Examples of cobweb in a Sentence

Dirt and cobwebs filled the corners of the room. The barn is filled with cobwebs.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English ātorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cobweb was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cobweb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cobweb. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cobweb

noun
cob·​web ˈkäb-ˌweb How to pronounce cobweb (audio)
1
2
: tangles of the silken threads of a spiderweb usually covered with dirt and dust
cobwebbed adjective
cobwebby
-ˌweb-ē
adjective

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