Cob loaf
Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] --W. Gifford. [1913 Webster]

2. A leader or chief; a conspicuous person, esp. a rich covetous person. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All cobbing country chuffs, which make their bellies and their bags their god, are called rich cobs. --Nash. [1913 Webster]

3. The axis on which the kernels of maize or indian corn grow. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A spider; perhaps from its shape; it being round like a head. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A young herring. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A fish; -- also called {miller's thumb}. [1913 Webster]

7. A short-legged and stout horse, esp. one used for the saddle. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

8. (Zo["o]l.) A sea mew or gull; esp., the black-backed gull ({Larus marinus}). [Written also {cobb}.] [1913 Webster]

9. A lump or piece of anything, usually of a somewhat large size, as of coal, or stone. [1913 Webster]

10. A cobnut; as, Kentish cobs. See {Cobnut}. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

11. Clay mixed with straw. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The poor cottager contenteth himself with cob for his walls, and thatch for his covering. --R. Carew. [1913 Webster]

12. A punishment consisting of blows inflictod on tho buttocas with a strap or a flat piece of wood. --Wright. [1913 Webster]

13. A Spanish coin formerly current in Ireland, worth abiut 4s. 6d. [Obs.] --Wright. [1913 Webster]

{Cob coal}, coal in rounded lumps from the size of an egg to that of a football; -- called also {cobbles}. --Grose.

{Cob loaf}, a crusty, uneven loaf, rounded at top. --Wright.

{Cob money}, a kind of rudely coined gold and silver money of Spanish South America in the eighteenth century. The coins were of the weight of the piece of eight, or one of its aliquot parts. [1913 Webster]


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  • cob-loaf —  a crusty, deformed loaf. North …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Cob — Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cob coal — Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cob money — Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cob — [kɔb US ka:b] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cob big man, leader (15 19 centuries)] 1.) a ↑corncob →↑corn on the cob 2.) BrE a round ↑loaf of bread 3.) a type of horse that is strong and has short legs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cob — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a loaf of bread. 2) a corncob. 3) (also cobnut) a hazelnut or filbert. 4) a powerfully built, short legged horse. 5) a male swan. 6) a roundish lump of coal. OR …   English terms dictionary

  • cob — [[t]kɒ̱b[/t]] cobs 1) N COUNT A cob is a round loaf of bread. [BRIT] Syn: roll 2) N COUNT A cob is a type of short strong horse. 3) → See also corn on the cob …   English dictionary

  • cob — UK [kɒb] / US [kɑb] noun [countable] Word forms cob : singular cob plural cobs 1) a corncob 2) British a round loaf of bread 3) a strong horse with short legs 4) British a cobnut …   English dictionary

  • cob — 1. n. 1 a roundish lump of coal etc. 2 Brit. a domed loaf of bread. 3 Brit. = corn cob (see CORN(1)). 4 (in full cob nut) a large hazelnut. 5 a sturdy riding or driving horse with short legs. 6 a male swan. Etymology: ME: orig. unkn. 2. n. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cob — [15] Cob has a bizarre range of meanings – ‘nut’, ‘horse’, ‘male swan’, ‘loaf’, ‘ear of maize’ – but a distillation of them points back to an original ‘head, or something similarly rounded’ (cobnuts and cobloaves, for example, are spherical, and… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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