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

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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

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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recurring in steady succession

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