From Middle English cobill, kobill (used in various combinations with ston, stan (“stone”), note, nutt (“nut”), etc.), probably a diminutive of Middle English *cob, *cobb, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kubb- (“lump; round object”). Equivalent to cob + -le.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑb.l̩/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒb.əl/
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- Rhymes: -ɒbəl
cobble (plural cobbles)
- A cobblestone.
- (geology) A particle from 64 to 256 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
- Alternative form of (a kind of fishing-boat).
- (intransitive) To make shoes (what a cobbler does).
- (transitive) To assemble in an improvised way.
- I cobbled something together to get us through till morning.
- (transitive, intransitive) To use cobblestones to pave a road, walkway, etc.