1. (orig. UK Und., also gub) the mouth.
|Christis Kirke Gr. xx: Quhair thair gobbis wer ungeird, Thay gat upon the gammi [OED].|
|Invectiues Capitane Allexander Montgomeree and Pollvart in Parkinson Poems (2000) IX line 28: Meslie kyt and thou flyt deill dryt in thy gob.|
|Eng. Words Not Generally Used (1691) 134: A Gob, an open or wide mouth .|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Gob c. the Mouth.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Life and Character of Moll King 12: My Blos has nailed me of mine [handkerchief]; but I shall catch her at Maddox’s Gin-Ken, sluicing her Gob.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 159: Their wide gobs / Kept roaring like your English mobs.|
|‘De Night before Larry was Stretch’d’ Irish Songster 4: When one of us ax’d ‘could he die, / Widout having truly repented,’ / Says Larry ‘dat’s all in my eye / And first by de clergy invented / To fatten dir gobs wid a bit’.|
|Cumberland Ballads (1805) 74: The teyney, greasy wobster; / He’s got a gob frae lug to lug, / And neb like onie lobster.‘The Village Gang’|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 18: Home hits in the bread-basket, clicks in the gob.|
|Real Life in London I 110: Neat milling we had, what with clouts on the nob, / Home hits in the bread-basket, clicks in the gob, / And plumps in the daylights, a prettier treat / Between two Johnny Raws ’tis not easy to meet.|
|Tom Cringle’s Log (1862) 3: I thrust a half doubled-up muffin into my gob.|
|‘The Night Before Larry Was Stretched’ in Dublin Comic Songster 185: He’d fence all the togs that he had, / To help a poor friend to the sneezer, / And moisten his gob ’fore he died.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Feb. 2/2: He napped the ‘double-shuffle’ on the gob.|
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|‘Paddy Miles’ My Young Wife and I Songster 60: I flourished my sprig of shillely, / An’ smattered their gobs so genteelly.|
|‘An Iligant Wake’ Yankee Paddy Comic Song Book 7: Silence! Pat Doyle, I’ll run a sod o’ turf in your gob if you don’ hould your tongue.|
|Knocknagow 571: Can’t you talk? [...] Wan ’d think you hadn’t a word in your gob.|
|Old Times in Bush 142: The snake gives a curious sort of turn, and in a jiffy whips the end of his tail into his ‘gob’.|
|Playboy of the Western World Act II: An ugly young streeler with a murderous gob on him.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 20 Nov. 9/4: A billiard-room he tackled first, and smote upon the gob / The marker.|
|Honk! 30 Sept. 1/1: Furst Tiny Wilson ’as er go, / Then Tom Coyle ’e opes ’is gob.|
|Ulysses 580: He deposited the quid in his gob and, chewing, and with some slow stammers, proceeded.|
|Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 138: Take that in your dirty gob and suck it.|
|Otterbury Incident 31: Some of those types who sound as if their gobs were stuffed with cotton wool.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 29 Jan. 1/1: ‘Ghost, this soup’s ’ot, nearly scalded me gob off’.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 36: I stuck one [i.e. a cigarette] in my gob.|
|Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 122: His dad had got a gob full of gas in the Great War.‘The Disgrace of Jim Scarfedale’|
|All Night Stand 19: Shut up or I’ll smack you round the gob with a welly.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 216: Birds wiv too much rabbit need a gob full of knuckles from time to time.|
|Belfast 92: I confess to thumping Artie Hughes on the gub.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 130: Wished I had bit my tongue first / before I let those soppy words crawl out my gob.West in|
|Official and Doubtful 274: Hunners of fresh fruit and vegetables down your gub.|
|Filth 235: I force my tongue as far into her gob as I can.|
|Acid Alex 121: You better keep your fucking gob shut.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] He took the weapon out of her gob and told her what to do.|
|Panopticon (2013) 255: A humongous spliff clamped in her gob.|
2. (US) a verbose individual.
|Kansas Agitator (KS) 18 Aug. 2/1: What is that great gob Funston doing [...] writing bushels of private letters to friends and enemies alike, begging them to help him.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 57: Then Clancy'll put in a gob wit’ the fourteen [dollars], an’ yer friend’ll cover the whole works.|
|Indep. Rev. 2 Sept. 4: They were also voted the team with most ‘gob’ – Cardiff slang for having a lot to say.|
4. the face.
|(con. 1890s) Pictures in the Hallway 245: Haven’t I seen your gob somewhere before?|
5. a blow to the mouth.
|All Night Stand 170: If he came within thumping distance I would stick a gob on him like he never had.|
(Aus.) a scolding, a telling-off.
|Fatty 84: ‘I said, ‘Hi,’ and she just reeled off and gave me an absolute gobfull’.|
|Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] Les had given Pope and Corris a reasonable gobful on the night.|
|F&H].Goldsmith (5th edn) Bk IV Ch. xiv 414: Shuter protesting in his vehement odd way that ‘the boy could patter,’ and ‘use the gob-box as quick and smart as any of them’ [|
|Bride of Lammermoor 19: ‘Your characters,’ he said, ‘my dear Pattieson, make too much use of the gob box; they patter too much.’.|
|N.Y. Gazette and General Advertiser 2 Dec. 2/1–2: ‘Turn him out,’ says one. ‘Let him alone,’ says another. ‘Stop up his gob box.’ ‘It takes a man to do that.’ ‘Does it, by G—? then I’m that man.’.|
(Aus.) false teeth.
|Traveller’s Tool 107: Some of the dentists who have really cleaned up fitting the teatowel-heads with new sets of top-of-the-range, state-of-the-art gob crockery turn out to be [...] Aussies.|
a mouth organ; note cit. 2004 may not be completely accurate in its geographical claims.
|DSUE (8th edn) 479/2: since ca. 1950.|
|Guardian 3 May [Internet] As the marijuana fog enveloping the room becomes more dense, the washboard comes out, glasses are tapped, the Scouse accents become more impenetrable. Somebody asks for a ‘gob iron’. It turns out they want a harmonica.|
|review at Amazon.com [Internet] The Dutch call it the ‘moothy’, the Scotch call it a ‘gob iron’ and Americans call it a ‘harp,’ shortened from ‘French Harp,’ the label on early imports of the instrument.|
|...in Time [album] You sit on my face, I dine at your Y / Blow job, gob job, sixty-eight / You feed your face and eat my meat / My fist into your Dead End Street.‘Zeitgest’ [lyrics] on|
2. (US gay) fellatio performed on a sailor [adds pun on gob n.2 (4a)].
|bitchology [Internet] This goblock that is ugly was standing there with his hand on the handle, doing nothing, not opening the door, just looking far away at another ugly goblock I bet.|
to talk (loudly).
|www.asstr.org [Internet] It’s a good thing there’s nobody around on the beach to hear her gobbing off because she going to be doing a double matinee performance today.‘Dead Beard’ at|
|Brummagem Dict. [Internet] gob off ph v. to mouth off. ‘’E was gobbin’ off left right and centre’.|
(Aus.) a mouth-organ.
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 2: He pulled a mouth-organ from his pocket [...] ‘Play a gob-organ?’ he enquired.|
|Jack Randall’s Diary 8: He can gob-out Flash, And swig blue ruin by the hour (*Talk Flash and drink gin).|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
1. (US) usu. pl., (silver) forks or spoons.
|in Life’s Painter.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|New Dict. Americanisms.|
2. (orig. US, also gobblestick) a clarinet or fife.
|Other Side of the Circus 236: We call a clarinet a gob stick.|
|Indiana Eve. Gazette 20 Mar. 9/2: A clarinet [may be called] a ‘gobblestick.’.|
|Pic (N.Y.) Mar. 7: licking the licorice stick or gob stick. — playing the clarinet. Also known as an agony pipe or wop stick.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: gobstick . . . clarinet, also a licorice stick.|
see gab string under gab n.1
see gobsmacked adj.
to lose one’s temper.
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 7: When they blew their gobs off, he would tell them [...] he was his own boss. [Ibid.] 61: He wondered if he was blowing his gab off too much.Young Lonigan in|
to be quiet; often as imper. (cf. stow one’s gab under gab n.2 ).
|Living (1978) 241: I could hold my gob for a day and a year if I so wanted.|
|Live Like Pigs Act I: Ah, hold your old gob, will you, I’m leading as much of the weight as you.|
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 809: If one ‘knows what’s happening,’ ‘holds one’s mug’ (does not snitch), and does not ‘rank’ people who get loaded, he is accepted.|
to be quiet; esp. in imper. shut your gob!
|Wells Jrnl (UK) 18 July 3/6: Old English words and phrases [...] Hold your gab, shut up your gob.|
|Cumberland Pacquet 12 Dec. 4/5: Stop your gob and lay your braggin’.|
|Melbourne Punch ‘City Police Court’ 3 Oct. 234/1: The Mayor. – Oh, I can voker Romany as well as you; so shut your gob, and don’t be kicksy. What’s become of your mollisher?|
|Truth (Sydney) 15 July 8/2: ‘Cabby,’ sez he, ‘here's a sov.; / That’s for drivin’. Here's another / Just to shet yer bloomin’ gob’.|
|Examiner (Launceston, Tas.) 10 Aug. 3/7: It was the ordinary occurrence for a clergyman preaching at St Paul’s Cross to request any noisy member of his congregation to ‘shut up his gob’.|
|Green Line and the Little Yellow Road in Mac Thomáis (1982) 159: Now Jamesy shut your gob, t’was blooming rotten job / To take that barefaced Johnnie for a Cod.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Oct. 47/2: ‘Shut yer gob!’ retaliated Jones.|
|‘Bobby Thatcher’ [comic strip] Shut your gab and get over there!|
|This Gutter Life 80: Shut your gob, you daft bastard.|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 12: ‘Shut your gob,’ he said. ‘That’s what. You’re looking for trouble again, boy.’.|
|Stories & Plays (1973) 125: You shut your Cork gob and keep it shut!Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’|
|None But the Lonely Heart 132: Shut your gab [...] I’m talking, see?|
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 86: Shut your gob, you putrid little ruin.|
|Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 105: ‘Shut yer gob,’ he said.‘On Saturday Afternoon’|
|There is a Happy Land (1964) 43: You-ou wasn’t with us [...] so shut your gob.|
|Concrete Kimono 58: Shut your gob. We’re here.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 67: Shut your gob.East in|
|A Life (1981) Act II: Shut that gob of yours. Shut it.|
|Minder [TV script] 43: Just shut your gob a minute.‘Get Daley!’|
|Lie of Land 78: You shut your gab or I’ll blow your balls off.|
|Llama Parlour 143: This woman should just make like a turtle — shut her gob and pull her head in.|
|Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 204: Ah, shut your feckin’ gob, you great eejit.|
|Sheepshagger 54: Shut yewer gobs or I’ll crack yewer heads together.|
|Jake’s Long Shadow 183: Shut your effin’ gob!|
to abuse, to tell off.
|Sydney Herald 18 June 4/2: [M]y eyes how you did tip him the gobbox about imperdence, and when he wouldn't give you the go by, about morals and jistice, and equality, and sich like big words.|