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SLUBBER, v., n.1 [′slʌbər]

I. v. To slobber, swallow sloppy food, eat or drink in a noisy gulping manner (Sc. 1808 Jam.; I., n., em. and sm.Sc. 1970). Abd.15 1928:
Quytie, quytie, faur are ye, ye teds? Oh, ye're there, slubberin' i' the peel!
Abd. 1963 J. C. Milne Poems 76:
Dyod, man, fin ye're suppin, Sic a slubberin soun'!
Abd. 1968 Buchan Observer (20 Aug.) 2:
While we slubbered away at our brose.

II. n. 1. A noisy slobbering way of eating (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ork., n.Sc. 1970).

2. Any sloppy jelly-like matter, as in Eng. dial. Specif.: (1) a jelly-fish, Medusa (Kcd., Ags. 1970). Cf. Slub.

(2) lymph, pus, synovial fluid (Abd. 1970). Deriv. slubbery, slime. Bwk. 1856 G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 98:
Leaving ay her trail And slubbery o' filthy stuff, like a black snail.

(3) soft, mushy or sloppy food (Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Adj. slubbery (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

(4) slush, half-melted snow (Sc. 1887 Jam.; Cai., Abd. 1970).

[Variant of Eng. slobber, Du. slobberen, to eat in a slovenly way. Cf. also Slabber.]

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