gubbins

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Etymology[edit]

Ante 1553. From gobbon (piece, portion, slice), from Old French gobon, gobet (piece). Cognate with English gobony (line of alternating squares).

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gubbins pl (plural only)

  1. (obsolete) Fragments; parings; scraps (especially of fish).
    • 1599, Nashe, Thomas, Nashe's Lenten Stuff:
      Hough, you hunger-starved gubbins or offals of men, how thrive you, how perish you?
  2. (Britain, informal) Assorted stuff, especially if of little value.
    • 2017 Summer, Jovovich, Milla, “My Movie Masterming: Resident Evil Special”, in Empire, number 337, page 135:
      I had to memorise so much dialogue that never makes it into the movie so I always have a plethora of extra gubbins I can't remember.
  3. (Britain, informal, treated as a singular noun) Silly person; fool. [from 20th c.]

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  • (silly person): For semantic relationships of this sense, see Wikisaurus:fool.

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