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ˈblʌb ərblub·ber

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blubbernoun

    an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil

  2. fatness, fat, blubber, avoirdupoisverb

    excess bodily weight

    "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"

  3. snivel, sniffle, blubber, blub, snuffleverb

    cry or whine with snuffling

    "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"

  4. blubber, blubber outverb

    utter while crying


  1. blubbernoun

    A fatty layer of adipose tissue found immediately beneath the epidermis.

  2. blubbernoun

    Fatty tissue.

  3. blubbernoun

    The thick coat of fat worn by many arctic animals, such as sea lions, and antarctic animals, such as penguins; used to insulate warmth in the animal's body.

  4. blubberverb

    To make noises or broken words while crying.

  5. blubberverb

    To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.

    Dear Cloe, how blubbered is that pretty face! uE000209026uE001 Prior.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLUBBERnoun

    The part of a whale that contains the oil.

  2. To Blubberverb

    To swell the cheeks with weeping.

    Fair streams represent unto me my blubbered face; let tears procure your stay. Philip Sidney.

    The wild wood gods arrived in the place,
    There find the virgin doleful, desolate,
    With ruffled raiment, and fair blubber’d face,
    As her outrageous foe had left her late. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Tir’d with the search, not finding what she seeks,
    With cruel blows she pounds her blubber’d cheeks. Dryden.

  3. To Blubberverb

    To weep in such a manner as to swell the cheeks.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Even so lies she,
    Blubb’ring and weeping, weeping and blubb’ring. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    A thief came to a boy that was blubbering by the side of a well, and asked what he cried for. Roger L'Estrange.

    Soon as Glumdalclitch miss’d her pleasing care,
    She wept, she blubber’d, and she tore her hair. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Blubber

    Blubber is a thick layer of vascularized adipose tissue under the skin of all cetaceans, pinnipeds, penguins, and sirenians.


  1. blubber

    Blubber is a thick layer of fat, also known as adipose tissue, located under the skin of many marine animals such as seals, whales, and walruses. It serves as an insulator to maintain body heat in cold water and as a source of energy when food is scarce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blubbernoun

    a bubble

  2. Blubbernoun

    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

  3. Blubbernoun

    a large sea nettle or medusa

  4. Blubberverb

    to weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner

  5. Blubberverb

    to swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears

  6. Blubberverb

    to give vent to (tears) or utter (broken words or cries); -- with forth or out


  1. Blubber

    Blubber is a thick layer of vascularized adipose tissue found under the skin of all cetaceans, pinnipeds and sirenians.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blubber

    blub′ėr, n. the fat of whales and other sea animals.—v.i. to weep effusively.—p.adj. Blubb′ered, of a face swollen with weeping. [M. E. blober, bluber; most likely onomatopœic]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The useful product of a dead whale. The useless product of a live baby.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. blubber

    The layer of fat in whales between the skin and the flesh, which is flinched or peeled off, and boiled for oil, varying from 10 to 20 inches in thickness. (See SEA-BLUBBER.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blubber in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blubber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of blubber in a Sentence

  1. Annette Hosoi:

    When the animal is out of the water, blubber can be heavy and cumbersome.

  2. Ken Balcomb:

    Environmental contamination is a serious issue for these whales, and it is exacerbated during times of nutritional stress when their toxic blubber is metabolized to maintain body functions.

  3. Ken Balcomb:

    The baby was so newborn, it didn’t have blubber. It kept sinking, and the mother would raise it to the surface.

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