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Etymology 1[edit]

gob (lump) +‎ -y.


gobby (comparative gobbier, superlative gobbiest)

  1. (informal) Marked by the presence of gobs (lumps).
    • 1898, Gleanings in bee culture, Volume 26‎
      But if, however, the bees make from it a "gobby" article of comb honey, no one will be quicker to drop it than the Root Co.
    • 1942, Frank Roy Fraprie, American photography
      ...to have a gobby mess of unrelated and meaningless color hung in a metropolitan show...
    • 1952, David Harry Walker, The pillar
      He poured the Argentine stew in a gobby mess on top of the Spam.

Etymology 2[edit]

gob (mouth) +‎ -y. The meaning "inclined to talk" is probably related to gabby.


gobby (comparative gobbier, superlative gobbiest)

  1. (Britain, slang, said of a person) Inclined to talk in a loud and offensive manner.


gobby (plural gobbies)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) An act of fellatio.
    • 2004, John Charalambous, Furies, Queensland, →ISBN, page 164 [1]:
      In year eight, crouched in a playground cubby, she gave Ryan Glover a gobby. Brief, busy, urgent. Then afterwards, slipping it back into his pants, he said thank you.
    • 2007, Joe Lewis, The Insurmountable Malaise of Man, Lulu (self-published), →ISBN, page 278 [2]:
      He bustles me into a cubicle and locks the door.
      "I'm not really in the mood for a gobby," I slur, and laugh girlishly at my joke as I unzip my fly, "but if you insist..."
    • 2007 July 17, Gordon Lightfoot III <GordonLightfootIII@gmail.com>, "A Question for Darkfalz (colgate total)", message-ID <1184667039.997405.66870@m37g2000prh.googlegroups.com>, aus.tv, Usenet [3]:
      Have you seen the Colgate Total ad with the female Indian dentist? Would you let her give you a gobby? I would. She has a perdy mouth.


  • Dictionary.com: "adj, -bier, -biest, informal, loudmouthed and offensive"
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd edition, →ISBN: "adj., late 19C+, talkative"



  • A Glossary of Words used in the County of Chester (1886), by Robert Holland, page 9: "April gawby (W. Ches.), April gobby (Mid-Ches.), April gob (Macclesfield), s. an April fool"
  • The English Dialect Dictionary, volume 1, A-C (1898), edited by Joseph Wright, published by Henry Frowde, Amen Corner, etc, page 66, keyword "April": "APRIL [...] ·gobby, ·gowk, ·noddy, various names for an April fool"
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd edition, →ISBN: "n., late 19C-1920s, 1. a sailor, 2 a coastguardsman"
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang, 2nd edition, →ISBN: "n., 1920s, US, a socially unacceptable person"