1. a lump or clot of some slimy substance.
|[||EDD]].Æneid II. Hiijb: Belching out the gubbes of blood [|
|True Characters of A Deceitful Petty-Fogger et al. 8: She [...] Prattles more than any at the Table against Sense, Antichrist, and her Husband, till a fat Gob of Mother Tripe and Mustard, puts her to Silence.|
|Cozeners in Works (1799) II 164: The venison was over-roasted, and stunk – but Doctor Dewlap twisted down such gobs of fat.|
|Handley Cross (1854) 115: Heer’s a buoy spit in my ’and! the biggest gog wotever was seen!|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 46: GOB, mucus, saliva.|
|Innocents Abroad 65: It is pushed out into the sea on the end of a flat, narrow strip of land, and is suggestive of a ‘gob’ of mud on the end of a shingle.|
|Warwickshire Word-Book 93: Gob. Spittle containing mucus.|
|DN III:viii 567: gob, n. Small piece of anything; often something in a plastic state.‘A Word-List From Central New York’ in|
|Jail From Within (1969) 22: A long gaunt, silent individual [...] coughed hoarsely and expectorated huge gobs of crimson-streaked saliva.|
|Mint (1955) 36: He lifted the stock-pot’s lid, and spat in neatly. ‘A gob for his guts.’.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 2: No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God.|
|Sexus (1969) 205: You finally spit out a gob which completely drains you.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 98: One gob hit the corner of the dancer’s mouth.|
|Sheeper 43: I was [...] a sphinx with a woman’s lips on which I used gobs of pomade.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 149: Whiskey j. and I [...] shovelled gobs of muck over him.|
|Union Street 148: The phlegm was the worst thing. Every morning his father brought it up, not in gobs [...] but in one long, sickening stream.|
|Guardian Rev. 24 Sept. 2: Nor would they accept a single speck of gob.|
|Ringer [ebook] n.p.: If he [i.e. a barman] was a Tim I’d be watching for a gob in the pint; they’ve all had the arse rode off them by priests and not to be trusted.|
2. a lump, a mouthful.
|Praise of the Red Herring 41: He stept, and pluckt him from his state with a wennion [...] and thrust him downe his pudding house at a gobbe.|
|Tom Tel-troths Message 41: With gobs she fils and stuffes her greedie gorge.|
|Ram-Alley I i: That little land he gave, Throte the lawyer swallowed in one gob For less than half the worth.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Gob [...] a Bit or Morsel, hence Gobbets, now more in use for little Bits; as a Chop of Meat is a good Cut.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Louisiana ‘Swamp Doctor’ (1850) 153: She sunk rite down, an’ begun to siken awful; the cold fride collards began to come up in gobs.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 46: GOB, a portion.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Jan. 11/1: Here are two gobs of glory from the War Cry columns, and we hope we may be struck political if we know whether it is better to laugh or weep on top of them.|
|Warwickshire Word-Book 93: Gob. [...] A lump of anything, as ‘Gi’e us a gob o’ rock (sweetstuff)’.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 301: We sit around and gaily pound, /And bear no acrimony, / Because our ob-ject is a gob / Of sizzling abalone.|
|Kid Scanlon 261: We even garnish each loaf with a generous gob of Gazoopis.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 100: Studs got the gob of tobacco out, just in the nick of time.Young Lonigan in|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: Here, Jock. See’f noisy Harry wants a gob.|
|All Night Stand 60: I’d have given her a gob of Flemish.|
|Gardens of Stone (1985) 175: If he can make a soldier out of that gob of dog vomit, he deserves a Congressional, too.|
|Streets Above Us (1991) 5: Phlegmbers – urchins that haunt the escalator areas try to outdo each other [...] see how many gobs they can land on passengers’ backs.|
3. (UK Und.) a theft carried out by a thief who spits on a man’s coat, alerts him to the problem, then robs him while pretending to ‘help’ him clean up.
|DSUE (8th edn) 479/2: C.20.|
4. one who is typified by their spitting.
(a) (US, also gobshite) any sailor.
|in Our Navy 19: A nod, a look, a glance of an eye, / And some poor ‘gob’ is money shy .|
|letter in Dear Folks at Home (1919) 4: Why, I have grown so tough that the gobs scurry to their holes when they hear my hobnails a-poundin’ the deck.|
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 199: He enlisted as a gob and polished brass in the Charleston Navy-yard.‘The Jelly Bean’ in|
|Scarlet Pansy 231: The gob [...] thrust gifts upon her – a beautiful jade ring which he had picked up in Panama.|
|Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 574: Gob has been traced variously to a Chinese [sic] word (gobshite), of unknown meaning and probably mythical; to gobble, an allusion to the somewhat earnest methods of feeding prevailing among sailors; and to gob, an archaic English dialect word signifying expectoration [...] In May, 1928, Admiral H. A. Wiley, then commander-in-chief of the United States Fleet, forbade the use of gob in ship’s newspapers, calling it ‘undignified and unworthy.’ But the gobs continue to cherish it.|
|letter Mar. 15 in Charters I (1995) 49: I’m glad I’m now going to be a gob after reading about the officers in your camp.|
|in Limerick (1953) 107: Not a gob laid his hands on my balsh.|
|USA Confidential 231: Great Lakes gobs pick up bobby-soxers. The room was packed with sailors.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 104: Outside he approached the very irked gob.|
|77 Dream Songs 60: Afters eight years, be less dan eight percent, / distinguish’ friend, of coloured wif de whites / in de School, in de Souf. / — Is coloured gobs, is coloured officers, / Mr Bones. Dat’s nuffin? — Uncle Tom, / sweep shut yo mouf.|
|San Diego Sailor 6: I hadn’t heard anything about a fling with a young gob recently.|
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 107: Vanda had gone outside with her gob.|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty must have got wind of what was going on between our matelots and the gobs. Towards the late summer of 1942 we didn’t find ourselves so often near a US ship.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 5: These gobs buying anything that’s not nailed down.|
|(con. 1972) Indep. Rev. 3 Mar. 6: Sad Sack Navy / Gobs ’n’ Gals.|
(b) a sailor’s hat.
|Any Old Dollars, Mister? 21: The wind blew a sailor’s white gob off his head.|
5. a lump; thus gobby adj., lumpy.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 65: ‘He’s there wit [...] a gob o' dough to put on it’ [i.e. a bet].|
|Ballads of a Cheechako 130: Snow that comes down like feathers, thick and gobby and gray.‘Lost’ in|
|Tragedy of Z 70: She flipped a gob of ash off the tip of the cigar.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 80: The muscle-factory, you weeds. The muscle-factory, you spineless gobs of calves’-feet jelly, you.|
|Muscle for the Wing 55: I patted my middle and my hand clinched around the fringe of a great gob of flab.|
6. (UK public school) someone who makes one feel sick.
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 17: Look here, you young gob [...] you may be everything in the world to your mater but you make me want to spew.|
|Erpingham Camp (1967) Scene vii: A grown woman came up and spat in my face [...] Gob all over my carnation. Disgusting.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 229: Sure there was gob and beercups flung at the bands.in|
8. see gobshite n. (2)
(US gay) a gay man who prefers sailors as partners.
see separate entry.