blubber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blubber cry or whine with snuffling "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
    • v blubber utter while crying
    • n blubber excess bodily weight "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"
    • n blubber an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blubber A bubble. "At his mouth a blubber stood of foam."
    • Blubber (Zoöl) A large sea nettle or medusa.
    • Blubber The fat of whales and other large sea animals from which oil is obtained. It lies immediately under the skin and over the muscular flesh.
    • Blubber To give vent to (tears) or utter (broken words or cries); -- with forth or out.
    • Blubber To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears. "Dear Cloe, how blubbered is that pretty face!"
    • v. i Blubber To weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner. "She wept, she blubbered , and she tore her hair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blubber To weep, especially in such a manner as to swell the cheeks or disfigure the face; burst into a fit of weeping: used chiefly in sarcasm or ridicule.
    • blubber To bubble; foam.
    • blubber To disfigure with weeping.
    • n blubber A bubble.
    • n blubber The fat of whales and other cetaceans, from which train-oil is obtained. The blubber lies under the skin and over the muscles. The whole quantity yielded by a large whale ordinarily amounts to 40 or 50 hundredweight, but sometimes to 80 or more.
    • n blubber A gelatinous substance; hence, an acaleph or sea-nettle; a medusa.
    • n blubber [⟨ blubber, v.] The act or state of blubbering: as, to be in a blubber.
    • n blubber One who blubs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blubber blub′ėr the fat of whales and other sea animals
    • v.i Blubber to weep effusively
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Blobber Blob Bleb

Usage

In literature:

The crew of an exploring vessel in the Arctic Seas had killed a walrus, and set fire to part of the blubber.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
Blubber is excellent, both raw and fried.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
He had not done blubbering even yet, when the prayer-bell rang.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
At the last word he fell on his knees, blubbering.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
I'm so weak I'm going to blubber like a gal.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
The animal now being secured alongside, the process of flensing or cutting off the blubber commenced.
"Archibald Hughson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hat's a smart woman, all right enough, but she don't show to her best advantage when she blubbers.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
On the deck are large cauldrons; the blubber is cut up into small pieces, and boiled in them.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Well, it's no use blubbering about it now.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
As it was, had I been likely to run short of burning fluid I surely would have endeavored to "try out" some of the blubber.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
But one wretched, little chap fairly blubbered.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He squirmed, let out a wild yell, and began to blubber.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
I to seek such horrid places, I to haunt with squalid Negroes, blubber-lips, and monkey faces!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
We would gather fuel, of which, as had been already proved, there was Andromeda (or fire-plant) and moss and blubber to depend upon.
"Cast Away in the Cold" by Isaac I. Hayes
Stop blubbering, fool, and tell me plainly!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The walrus is hunted for its skin, blubber, and oil.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Father Conway and my dad were standing on the steps of the court house, blubbering like children.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
One day they killed a whale and were busy cutting it up and carrying the meat and blubber to their homes.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
All the ice had been melted, and a good deal of the seal blubber burnt up.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
There'll be blubbering all night.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
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In poetry:

"Oh, maidens," said PATTISON, touching his hat,
"Don't blubber, my dears, for a fellow like that;
Observe, I'm a very superior man,
A much better fellow than ANGUS McCLAN."
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Blubbering, to his aged master
Went the fowler in dismay,
And confided his disaster
With that curious bird that day;
"Master, hast thou ever heard
Of so ill-disposed a bird?"
"Two Idylls From Bion The Smyrnean" by Eugene Field
Her lips curved downwards instantly,
As if of india-rubber.
"Hounds IN FULL CRY I like," said she:
(Oh how I longed to snub her!)
"Of fish, a whale's the one for me,
IT IS SO FULL OF BLUBBER!"
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll
The crew were but three, but they holloa'd for nine,
They howled and they blubbered with wail and with whine:
The skipper he fainted away in the fore,
For he hadn't the heart for to skip any more.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The trapper heaves a trapper's sigh, then with a trapper's curse
He flings the sigh upon the kitchen floor;
And when the poor old lubber goes to get a feed of blubber
He traps his ear inside the cupboard door.
"The Eskimoos" by Billy Bennett
"So great a luxury was food, I think
No wickedness but I was game to try for it.
NOW if I wanted anything to drink
At any time, I only had to cry for it!
ONCE, if I dared to weep, the bottle lacking,
My blubbering involved a serious smacking!
"The Baby's Vengeance" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Unlike marine mammals, which have a layer of blubber to keep them warm, penguins rely on their waterproof feathers.
Syracuse Stage's 'Moby Dick': A whale of a tale stripped of its blubber .
'Untamed Americas': Grizzlies Gorge on Whale Blubber (Exclusive Video).
Laurie Anderson's 'Moby' -- the big blubber .
A calf born in captivity will swim continuously, and scientists speculate that this is because the babies have thinner blubber and therefore need to generate body heat by moving in order to keep warm.
T'was a day of inconsolable blubbering in the British Empire following Andy Murray's deficient effort on the hallowed grass of Centre Court.
The envelope, however, contained no letter, no account of his travels or his experiments with walrus blubber.
' Untamed Americas': Grizzlies Gorge on Whale Blubber (Exclusive Video).
Adult manatees weigh 1,000 pounds or more but are susceptible to cold despite the blubber overcoat.
A muscled tough guy with a face tattoo broke down into terrified tears during a stand-off with a cute adorable puppy, and RadarOnline.com has video of the blubbering giant.
"No, I'm fiinneeeeeeeeeeeee," I blubbered, using the corner of the drape covering my Lady Business to furtively wipe the snot dripping from my nose.
SEA CURVE Blubber is attached to a large hook to lure the great whites before they are boated and tagged.
Reba McEntire photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of the Valory Music Co. "Let the blubbering begin.".
So its not unusual for them to stop here and take a breather while they build up blubber for the colder waters up north, Waldvogel said.
Blubbering ignorance has obscured common sense, civility and the integrity of whoever runs the outfit.
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