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

Definition of slobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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



Definition of slobber (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : saliva drooled from the mouth
2 : driveling, sloppy, or incoherent utterance

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Other Words from slobber


slobberer \ ˈslä-​bər-​ər How to pronounce slobberer (audio) \ noun


slobbery \ ˈslä-​b(ə-​)rē How to pronounce slobbery (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for slobber

Synonyms: Verb

dribble, drivel, drool, salivate, slaver

Synonyms: Noun

drool, saliva, slaver, spit, spittle

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Examples of slobber in a Sentence


Her baby just slobbered on the blanket. The puppy slobbered all over me.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Next to the couch was the parents’ bed, draped with other dogs, including the giant, filthy, slobbering St. Bernard, and at least three of the girls. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 Fortunately for Shaq, Kerr doesn’t seem all that into the idea of the big man slobbering all over his toes. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, "Morning Briefing: Shaquille O’Neal made a promise he might regret," 17 July 2019 In the video, Myron slobbers on Ari's stoic face before getting playful with another of her beloved pets, the beagle-chihuahua mix Toulouse. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande May Have Adopted Mac Miller's Dog Myron," 25 Sep. 2018 One June 23, Zsa Zsa -- with her barrel chest, slobbering tongue and a pink manicure -- won the 30th annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in California. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Zsa Zsa, the "World's Ugliest Dog," dies less than a month after securing title," 11 July 2018 At the annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California, on June 23, Zsa Zsa slobbered her way to the winner’s circle to win $1,500, a supersized trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Zsa Zsa, Winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, Dies Two Weeks After Being Crowned," 10 July 2018 By KidsandCarsUSA Related stories from Miami Herald Boy found ‘slobbering at the mouth’ in 94-degree car. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Kids sat in car in 90-degree heat — while their mothers were shoplifting, New Jersey police say," 5 July 2018 Others slobber a knob of butter on top of the patty. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burgers with pizzazz: Surf 'n' turf burger judged best in annual BBQ contest," 18 June 2018 Good government is about being transparent, and this is the latest instance of those in charge of our children’s safety making no pretense about being slobbering lapdogs for the National Rifle Association. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: DeVos just the latest in gun-shootings debate to ignore guns | Commentary," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s way too much batting around the beach ball and not nearly enough slobber-knocking in the trenches. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Five reasons to believe Mel Tucker can take CU Buffs to a bowl in first year as coach," 8 Aug. 2019 As Mackenzie Makatche and her mom conspired to bring more Newfoundland dogs into their family — as if her dad hadn’t noticed the seven beautiful, bear-like slobber factories taking over his house — Makatche’s mom shared her wish for their dogs. Stephanie Farr,, "Delco dog mom has 9 Newfoundlands, a huge online following, and her own meme | We the People," 5 June 2019 Your furry baby fills your life with love and joy; what’s a little slobber? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Unsanitary Is It to Kiss Your Pet on the Mouth?," 2 May 2019 Orlando airport travelers might savor, in a way, squeaky cheeseburgers slathered in dog slobber. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando International Airport tops for bomb dogs," 13 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW For the very first time, the Harding’s family piano doesn’t have pencils jammed in it or dried slobber all over it. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Pop singer helps family get a new piano," 29 Dec. 2017 But, until the drip, drip, drip of low-level grope-and-slobber stories accumulated, the case for his being pushed from office was not nearly as clear as the one against Conyers. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "What Does 'Sexual Misconduct' Actually Mean?," 20 Dec. 2017 Tongue hanging out, slobber trailing from his maw, the 4-year-old bulldog gives a push with his hind legs, hops up onto his custom skateboard and begins to cruise. Nathan Pilling, USA TODAY, "This bulldog taught himself to skateboard," 16 Aug. 2017 My son, not one to linger when foreign baby slobber is enveloping one of his favorite toys, quickly snatched the toy out of the baby's hands. Ida Lieszkovszky,, "Why I won't tell my son to share: Multitasking Moms and Dads," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of slobber


1607, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slobber


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

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English Language Learners Definition of slobber

: to let saliva or liquid flow from your mouth


slob·​ber | \ ˈslä-bər How to pronounce slobber (audio) \
slobbered; slobbering

Kids Definition of slobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to let saliva or liquid dribble from the mouth



Kids Definition of slobber (Entry 2 of 2)

: dripping saliva

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