blubber

Blubber is the thick layer of fat that keeps whales and other large swimming mammals warm in the cold water. Inuits and other northern people have traditionally relied on eating blubber.

Based on marine animal blubber, some people describe human fat as blubber too — often in a derogatory way. When blubber is a verb, it means to sob uncontrollably: "The little girl sat down and started to blubber after skinning her knee." Blubber was originally spelled blober, meaning "a bubble" or "bubbling water," which led to the "crying" meaning of the word. In the 15th century, it also meant "jellyfish" and "whale oil."

Definitions of blubber
  1. noun
    an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil
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    type of:
    animal oil
    any oil obtained from animal substances
  2. noun
    excess bodily weight
    synonyms: avoirdupois, fat, fatness
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    Antonyms:
    leanness, spareness, thinness
    the property of having little body fat
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    adiposeness, adiposity, fattiness
    having the property of containing fat
    abdominousness, paunchiness
    the bodily property of a protruding belly
    greasiness, oiliness, oleaginousness
    consisting of or covered with oil
    corpulency, fleshiness, obesity
    more than average fatness
    steatopygia
    an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks
    adiposis, corpulence, overweight, stoutness
    the property of excessive fatness
    exogenous obesity
    obesity caused by overeating
    embonpoint, plumpness, roundness
    the bodily property of being well rounded
    type of:
    bodily property
    an attribute of the body
  3. verb
    cry or whine with snuffling
    synonyms: blub, sniffle, snivel, snuffle
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    type of:
    cry, weep
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  4. verb
    utter while crying
    synonyms: blubber out
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
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