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

Example Sentences

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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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

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