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slob·​ber ˈslä-bər How to pronounce slobber (audio)
slobbered; slobbering ˈslä-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce slobber (audio)

intransitive verb

: to let saliva dribble from the mouth : drool
: to indulge the feelings effusively and without restraint

transitive verb

: to smear with or as if with dribbling saliva or food
slobberer noun


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: saliva drooled from the mouth
: driveling, sloppy, or incoherent utterance
slobbery adjective

Examples of slobber in a Sentence

Verb Her baby just slobbered on the blanket. The puppy slobbered all over me. Noun the dog got slobber all over our tennis ball I couldn't make out any of the panhandler's slobber, but I gave the poor soul a buck anyway.
Recent Examples on the Web
In the otherwise slobbering session with DeSantis, Brand almost begged him to agree that imposing an ideology on others was illiberal. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Three dogs live there too, slobbering all over everything and shedding so much that twice-daily vacuuming is sometimes necessary. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 She's found that a walnut finish hides slobber residue on kitchen cabinets between frequent wipe-downs. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Much as Pavlov trained his dog to slobber at a sound, Kamran dropped various smelly compounds into tanks full of pinkie-length salmon fry, then added food pellets to get the fish to associate the odors with their meals. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2023 Penny, a 3-year-old sorrel mare with a white blaze, had been slobbering her feed and fighting her bit, signs of a likely toothache. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 But beware, the lovable cuties do tend to slobber. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 25 Nov. 2022 Football players slobber all over one other, but they are being regularly tested, and being on a team arguably gives them additional incentive to be careful—to wear masks and avoid parties. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2020 Trail fiends can slobber over the two-door Badlands trail rig, which includes a Warn winch, tube doors, and the inevitable roof rack. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 13 Aug. 2020
If so, consider soaking it in slobber., 14 Dec. 2020 These vaccines also serve to protect the larger community since young children — who may not cover their coughs or realize that their slobber is infectious — contribute every cold and flu season to the spread of infectious diseases like influenza to other children and to the adults around them. Christopher M. Worsham, STAT, 31 July 2020 All Ellie has to worry about is the slobber from its kisses. Randall Colburn,, 20 Feb. 2023 Even in the absence of extra outdoorsiness or dog slobber, Lim isn’t very concerned about the behavioral mitigations people picked up. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2022 Best pals love to ride along in cars with their owners, and this waterproof universal dog seat cover keeps the slobber and paw prints to a minimum. Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 She's found that a walnut finish hides slobber residue on kitchen cabinets between frequent wipe-downs. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 Henry and Celia talk, a man whose directives grow clearer as the intentions behind them, behind this whole mysterious mess, grow more slippery (and as the actors’ makeup gets more distorted by slobber). K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2022 Other than getting covered in grizzly slobber, the system displayed no damage whatsoever. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 9 May 2019 See More

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Word History



Middle English sloberen to eat in a slovenly manner; akin to Low German slubberen to sip

First Known Use


1607, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slobber was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Slobber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
slob·​ber ˈsläb-ər How to pronounce slobber (audio)
slobbered; slobbering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce slobber (audio)
: to let saliva or liquid dribble from the mouth : drool
: to show feeling in an exaggerated way : gush


2 of 2 noun
: dripping saliva
: silly exaggerated show of feeling

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