gubbins

noun plural but singular or plural in construction gub·bins \ ˈgəbə̇nz \
variants: or less commonly gubbings \", -biŋz\

Definition of gubbins

1 dialectal, British :fish parings or refuse; broadly :any bits and pieces :scraps
2 British :gadgets, gadgetry
  • the gubbins for changing a tire
  • all the navigational gubbins
  • —J. L. Rhys
3 British :a foolish or futile person :simpleton
  • you silly gubbins

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Origin and Etymology of gubbins

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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