cobble
I. transitive verb (cobbled; cobbling) Etymology: Middle English coblen, perhaps back-formation from cobelere cobbler Date: 15th century 1. chiefly British to mend or patch coarsely 2. repair, make <
cobble shoes
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3. to make or put together roughly or hastily — often used with together or up <
cobble together an agreement
>
<
cobble up a temporary solution
>
II. noun Date: 1600 1. cobblestone 2. plural, chiefly British lump coal about the size of small cobblestones

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  • Cobble — may refer to: Cobble (geology), a designation of particle size for sediment or clastic rock Cobblestone, partially rounded rocks used for road paving Hammerstone, a prehistoric stone tool Tyringham Cobble, a nature reserve in Tyringham,… …   Wikipedia

  • cobble — as in cobblestone [15] and cobble ‘mend’ [15] are two distinct words. The former was derived from cob ‘rounded lump’, with the diminutive suffix le. The earliest evidence of it is in the compound cobblestone, and it is not recorded on its own… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • cobble — Ⅰ. cobble [1] ► NOUN (also cobblestone) ▪ a small round stone used to cover road surfaces. DERIVATIVES cobbled adjective. ORIGIN from COB(Cf. ↑cob). Ⅱ …   English terms dictionary

  • cobble — as in cobblestone [15] and cobble ‘mend’ [15] are two distinct words. The former was derived from cob ‘rounded lump’, with the diminutive suffix le. The earliest evidence of it is in the compound cobblestone, and it is not recorded on its own… …   Word origins

  • Cobble — Cob ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cobbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cobbling}.] [OF. cobler, copler, to join or knit together, couple, F. coupler, L. copulare to couple, join. Cf. {Couple}, n. & v. t.] 1. To make or mend coarsely; to patch; to botch; as, to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cobble — Cob ble, n. A fishing boat. See {Coble}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cobble — Cob ble, n. [From {Cob} a lump. See {Cob}, n., 9, and cf. {Copple}, {Copplestone}.] 1. A cobblestone. Their slings held cobbles round. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Cob coal. See under {Cob}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cobble — vb *botch, bungle, fumble, muff Analogous words: patch, *mend, repair: fabricate, forge, manufacture (see MAKE): impair, mar, spoil (see INJURE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cobble — cobble1 [käb′əl] vt. cobbled, cobbling [ME < cobelere, cobbler] 1. to mend or patch (shoes, etc.) 2. to make or compose hastily or clumsily; improvise: often with up cobble2 [käb′əl] n. [prob. < COB] …   English World dictionary

  • cobble — I UK [ˈkɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈkɑb(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms cobble : singular cobble plural cobbles a cobblestone II UK [ˈkɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈkɑb(ə)l] verb Word forms cobble : present tense I/you/we/they cobble he/she/it cobbles present participle… …   English dictionary

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