gob

A gob is a lump, blob, or chunk of something. A gob of pizza dough has to be flattened into a large circle before you can top it with sauce and cheese and bake it in the oven.

A gob can be a hunk of something slimy or yucky — you might avoid stepping on an unidentified gob on the sidewalk. You can also eat a gob of cookie dough or mold a gob of clay. Roald Dahl introduced the Everlasting Gobstopper in his novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as a form of candy that would last forever. A more old fashioned meaning of the word gob is "a sailor." While the origin of this kind of gob is a mystery, the "lump" meaning comes from gobbet, "fragment," rooted in the Old French gobet, "piece or mouthful."

Definitions of gob
  1. noun
    a lump of slimy stuff
    “a gob of phlegm”
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    ball, chunk, clod, clump, glob, lump
    a compact mass
  2. noun
    informal terms for the mouth
    synonyms: cakehole, hole, maw, trap, yap
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    type of:
    mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris
    the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge
  3. noun
    a man who serves as a sailor
    synonyms: Jack, Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar
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    Sir John Hawkins
    English privateer involved in the slave trade; later helped build the fleet that in 1588 defeated the Spanish Armada (1532-1595)
    Captain Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
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    able seaman, able-bodied seaman
    a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills
    bo's'n, bo'sun, boatswain, bos'n, bosun
    a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
    deckhand, roustabout
    a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
    helmsman, steerer, steersman
    the person who steers a ship
    bargee, bargeman, lighterman
    someone who operates a barge
    officer, ship's officer
    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel
    pilot
    a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
    sea lawyer
    an argumentative and contentious seaman
    whaler
    a seaman who works on a ship that hunts whales
    cox, coxswain
    the helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
    captain, master, sea captain, skipper
    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
    first mate, mate
    the officer below the master on a commercial ship
    privateer, privateersman
    an officer or crew member of a privateer
    purser
    an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
    navigator, sailing master
    the ship's officer in charge of navigation
    steward
    the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements
    supercargo
    an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
    type of:
    crewman, sailor
    any member of a ship's crew
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