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."

Primary Meanings of gob

1.
n
a lump of slimy stuff
2.
n
informal terms for the mouth
3.
n
a man who serves as a sailor
Full Definitions of gob
1

n a lump of slimy stuff

“a gob of phlegm”
Type of:
ball, chunk, clod, clump, glob, lump
a compact mass
2

n informal terms for the mouth

Synonyms:
cakehole, hole, maw, trap, yap
Type of:
mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris
the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge
3

n a man who serves as a sailor

Synonyms:
Jack, Jack-tar, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar
Examples:
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)
Types:
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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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