blubbering c.1400, prp. adjective from BLUBBER (Cf. blubber) (v.). Originally of fountains, springs, etc.; of weeping, from 1580s. As a verbal noun, from 1570s.

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  • Blubbering — Blub ber*ing, n. The act of weeping noisily. [1913 Webster] He spake well save that his blubbering interrupted him. Winthrop. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blubbering — Blubber Blub ber, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blubbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blubbering}.] To weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner. [1913 Webster] She wept, she blubbered, and she tore her hair. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blubbering — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A fit of crying: bawling, cry, sobbing, tear2 (used in plural), wailing, weeping. See SOUNDS …   English dictionary for students

  • blubbering — blub·ber || blÊŒbÉ™ n. whale fat (Zoology); excess fat; noisy crying, sobbing v. burst into loud crying; swell from crying adj. swollen from crying; swollen, fat, thick …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blubbering — noun ( s) Etymology: from present participle of blubber : noisy weeping …   Useful english dictionary

  • blubber — blubberer, n. blubberingly, adv. /blub euhr/, n. 1. Zool. the fat layer between the skin and muscle of whales and other cetaceans, from which oil is made. 2. excess body fat. 3. an act of weeping noisily and without restraint. v.i. 4. to weep… …   Universalium

  • blubber — I. verb (blubbered; blubbering) Etymology: Middle English blubren to make a bubbling sound, from bluber Date: 15th century intransitive verb to weep noisily transitive verb 1. to swell, distort, or wet with weeping 2. to utter while weeping II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Loud call Nouns 1. cry, shout, call (see Verbs); vociferation, exclamation, outcry, hullabaloo, chorus, clamor, hue and cry; Bronx cheer; plaint (see lamentation); stentor (see loudness); bark, ululation …   English dictionary for students

  • weeping — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. crying, blubbering, sobbing, lamenting, tearful, in tears, teary eyed, lachrymose, mourning, sorrowing, wailing, howling, moaning, shrieking; see also sad 1 , troubled 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I adjective Filled… …   English dictionary for students

  • blubber — I UK [ˈblʌbə(r)] / US [ˈblʌbər] verb Word forms blubber : present tense I/you/we/they blubber he/she/it blubbers present participle blubbering past tense blubbered past participle blubbered informal 1) [intransitive] to cry in a noisy and… …   English dictionary

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