gob·​bet ˈgä-bət How to pronounce gobbet (audio)
: a piece or portion (as of meat)
: lump, mass
: a small fragment or extract
a gobbet of information
: a small quantity of liquid : drop

Examples of gobbet in a Sentence

deftly avoided stepping in a gobbet of spit on the sidewalk
Recent Examples on the Web New York City schools had stopped serving the savory poultry gobbets after people found foreign objects inside them. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, 28 June 2023 In temperatures exceeding 800 Celsius (1,472 Fahrenheit), gobbets of fluid metal splashed and contaminated the church’s stonework throughout. Feargus O'Sullivan, WIRED, 1 Aug. 2019 Afterlife with Archie cheerfully drops bloody gobbets of doom on the carefree world of Riverdale. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, 5 Dec. 2018 But of real emotional value, this season has great gobbets. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, 12 Feb. 2018 The name of the sender was blacked out, but the content of the email took the committee’s entire threadbare claim to any legitimacy at all and fed bloody gobbets of that claim to the wolverines. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Middle English gobet, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gobbet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobbet. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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gob·​bet ˈgäb-ət How to pronounce gobbet (audio)
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