gob·​bet | \ ˈgä-bət How to pronounce gobbet (audio) \

Definition of gobbet

1 : a piece or portion (as of meat)
2 : lump, mass
3 : a small fragment or extract a gobbet of information
4 : a small quantity of liquid : drop

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Examples of gobbet in a Sentence

deftly avoided stepping in a gobbet of spit on the sidewalk
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First Known Use of gobbet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gobbet

Middle English gobet, from Anglo-French

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

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“Gobbet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobbet. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gobbet

chiefly British : a small lump or piece of something : a small amount of something

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