\ ˈsläb How to pronounce slob (audio) \

Definition of slob

1 : a slovenly or boorish person
2 : an ordinary person just some poor slob

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Other Words from slob

slobbish \ ˈslä-​bish How to pronounce slob (audio) \ adjective
slobby \ ˈslä-​bē How to pronounce slob (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of slob in a Sentence

Some poor slob got robbed. a slob of a professor whose office was littered with a decade's worth of notes and student papers
Recent Examples on the Web What is the best way to get delicious bites out of the intricate crevices of the lamb shoulder bones without looking like a slob? Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Rules about difficult topics exist for a reason," 23 Mar. 2021 Standards for cleanliness are not uniform, either; your exact habits could qualify you as an equal partner to a spouse with lower housekeeping standards, and a clean freak to a total slob. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The same argument for decades, but on this they agree: No therapy," 7 Feb. 2021 Shed your reputation as the office slob by removing all the garbage from one corner of your home, and fielding work calls from there. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "The Most Crucial Tools for WFH: Kindness, and a Piece of Tape," 20 Mar. 2020 Over the Christmas holiday in 2017, The Greatest Showman was initially labeled a box office slob when posting a first-weekend gross of $8.8 million. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "'Cats' Box Office Bust: A Tale Spurned by Families," 31 Dec. 2019 An art restorer, a divorced man, two former lovers, a neurotic woman and a slob struggle with relationships in London. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Along with the slob-ebrity, 2018 has given us another category of celebrity style-icon: the zaddy. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Daniel Day-Lewis, at 61, Was the Best-Dressed Man of 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Seth Rogen is Fred Flarsky, a sweet-spirited slob and out-of-work advocacy journalist. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Long Shot’ Review: Shallow State," 2 May 2019 Much of it works charmingly, thanks to Mr. Mortensen’s improbable buoyancy: Tony is clearly a stout-hearted guy, as well as a slob and a jerk. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Green Book’ Review: Trying to Get Along," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of slob

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slob

Irish slab mud, ooze, slovenly person

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17 Apr 2021

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“Slob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slob

disapproving : a person who is lazy and dirty or messy
: an ordinary person


\ ˈsläb How to pronounce slob (audio) \

Kids Definition of slob

1 : a sloppy or lazy person
2 : an ordinary person The poor slob didn't deserve such bad luck.

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