\ˈsläb \

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 \ adjective
slobby \ˈslä-​bē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for slob




neatnik, old maid

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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

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And the trim fit of the Transit doesn’t scream slob. Outside Online, "The Best Men’s Travel Kit of 2018," 15 May 2018 If Glossier makeup is for women who don’t need makeup, then scumbro fashion is for men who don’t need logical colorways and tailoring, who are privileged and/or famous enough to dress like a teen slob. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Pete Davidson and the Rise of the Scumbro," 29 June 2018 Can the board really fine an entire group because one person is a slob? Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "For a Mess Made by a Few, Many May Be Punished," 28 Apr. 2018 That’s an Odd Couple reference, for those who aren’t fans of classic comedy and/or old Jack Klugman TV shows, suggesting that either Rash or Moynihan is going to be a neat freak, while the other will be a slob. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn't Leaving Lucasfilm," 18 June 2018 Advice columns are always directed at some other slob (or jerk or wing nut). New York Times, "Wisdom Dispensed With Slaps and Puns: A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving," 1 June 2018 The game takes pains to show mass protests over the unemployment rate spiking past 35 percent, never really acknowledging that even unemployed slobs can apparently afford to buy a capable android to cater to their every whim. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 That’s what makes Sideways, whose wine-touring protagonist is actually a middle-aged slob, so relatable—and hilarious. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018 In that way, Tully is a lot like Young Adult, where Theron’s Mavis is an immature slob, operating almost entirely on impulse. Noel Murray, The Verge, "After Tully, watch Charlize Theron in Young Adult," 4 May 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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The first known use of slob was in 1861

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English Language Learners Definition of slob

: a person who is lazy and dirty or messy

: an ordinary person


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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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