noun plural but singular or plural in construction

variants or less commonly gubbings
dialectal, British : fish parings or refuse
broadly : any bits and pieces : scraps
British : gadgets, gadgetry
the gubbins for changing a tire
all the navigational gubbinsJ. L. Rhys
British : a foolish or futile person : simpleton
you silly gubbins

Word History


gubbins, plural of gubbin fragment, paring, alteration of obsolete English gobone gobbet, portion, from Middle English gobyn, goboun; gubbings, alteration of gubbins

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“Gubbins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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