blub·​ber | \ ˈblə-bər How to pronounce blubber (audio) \
blubbered; blubbering\ ˈblə-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blubber (audio) \

Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to weep noisily

transitive verb

1 : to swell, distort, or wet with weeping
2 : to utter while weeping



Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the fat of whales and other large marine mammals
b : excessive fat on the body
2 : the action of blubbering

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of blubber in a Sentence

Verb Oh, stop blubbering, you big baby! the poor child was blubbering because she had fallen and skinned her knee
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2020 Their white American maleness is too mythic and valuable to go around blubbering all over valets. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 According to researchers on shore, the octopuses were likely chowing down on living crustaceans, not blubber remaining on the bones. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 16 Oct. 2019 As the humans blubbered and begged for their lives, the bots turned them into target practice, used their corpses to set up ambushes to create more corpses, and hanged them only after the slow torment of a monologue. David Sims, The Atlantic, 22 Apr. 2018 And over the last 24 hours, there’s been loads of excitement: Team USA’s nail-biting final curling match against Sweden left four-time Olympian John Shuster a blubbering mess after leading his team to gold. Kathryn Lundstrom,, 24 Feb. 2018 Burning: Songs like Burning are the reason why casual listeners turn to Sam Smith’s music, looking for three-minute exercises in emotional manipulation that renders you a blubbering mess. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2017 DeeDee Magno Hall’s Diana also is capable of reducing audience members — first timers or not — to blubbering wrecks with her searching fragility and voice like warm honey. Margaret Gray,, 26 May 2017 This explains why most, so far, appear to be playing along with Trump—espousing a patriotic duty to work with the administration while blubbering platitudes about cooperation and listening and being stewards of the economy.,, 25 Jan. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jane planned to document its decay and dismemberment, expecting the gulls to strip its blubber by day and the foxes to take its guts at night. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Sea otter moms in captivity take in orphaned pups—often left parentless thanks to great white sharks, which bite but don’t actually eat otters, since sharks prefer blubber to fur. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 Hunters round up the dolphins for hours, using jet-skis and boats, before eventually slaying the creatures for their meat and blubber. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 Residents of the Faroe Islands hunt dolphins for their meat and blubber, which is often shared among members of the local community. Vanessa Etienne,, 15 Sep. 2021 Hormonal fluctuations in mother whales’ enormous fat stores may be a valuable research tool, according to scientists who take blubber biopsies to learn about mysterious and critically endangered species like North Atlantic right whales. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Sea otters are skinny and small compared to most other marine mammals, which mostly rely on a thick layer of blubber to keep their bodies warm in cold seas. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 Mothers and calves spend roughly two to three months in Baja before journeying north so baby whales can build up blubber. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 In 1854, whale oil, extracted from blubber, traded at, in today’s terms, eighteen dollars a gallon. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of blubber


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for blubber


Middle English blubren to make a bubbling sound, from bluber


Middle English bluber bubble, foam, probably of imitative origin

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English Language Learners Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cry in a noisy and annoying way



English Language Learners Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fat on whales and some other animals that live in the water


blub·​ber | \ ˈblə-bər How to pronounce blubber (audio) \
blubbered; blubbering

Kids Definition of blubber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to weep noisily
2 : to utter while weeping "I'm sorry," he blubbered.



Kids Definition of blubber (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fat of various sea mammals (as whales and seals) from which oil can be obtained

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