1. (US) a farmer, a rustic [+ ? derog. ref. to supposed use of corncobs in the privy as a substitute for lavatory paper].
2. (S.Afr. drugs) a quantity of marijuana, about the size of a corncob and sometimes packaged in maize leaves.
|in Forum 6:2 19: Remember that cob of Malawi we had just after the vac [DSAE].|
|Sun. Times (Johannesburg) 18 July 11: Last month, the customs official found a ‘cob’ of Malawi dagga in her luggage [DSAE].|
|Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 24 Sept. 🌐 Hook yourself up with a buddy in Obs [i.e. the Cape Town suburb of Observatory]. Get on that Swazi or Transkei Reds. or Malawi Cob.|
SE in slang uses
1. unfashionable, out of style.
|Detroit Free Press (MI) 17 Sept. 8/1: ‘We don’t care about these ricky-tick bands like [Guy] Lombardo. That schmaltz stuff is strictly off the cob’.|
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 258: off the cob (adj.): corny, out of date.|
|Dead Ringer 38: The music was strictly off the cob, of course, but it’s funny; you don’t mind corn when you’re playing it yourself.|
|Show Biz from Vaude to Video 46: The idiom gave way to corny, icky, off-the-cob and square from Delaware.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
(US) sentimental, simplistic, banal.
|Charleston (WV) Daily Mail 27 June 8/8: ‘On the cob,’ ‘corny’ and ‘Joe McGee’, all of which pertain to obsolete methods of interpreting popular music.|