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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To sob noisily. See Synonyms at cry.
  • transitive v. To utter while crying and sobbing.
  • transitive v. To make wet and swollen by weeping.
  • n. A loud sobbing.
  • n. The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals, from which an oil is obtained.
  • n. Excessive body fat.
  • n. A large sea nettle or medusa.
  • adj. Swollen and protruding: blubber cheeks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fatty layer of adipose tissue found immediately beneath the epidermis.
  • n. Fatty tissue.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To make noises or broken words while crying.
  • v. To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bubble.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A large sea nettle or medusa.
  • intransitive v. To weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner.
  • transitive v. To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.
  • transitive v. To give vent to (tears) or utter (broken words or cries); -- with forth or out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To weep, especially in such a manner as to swell the cheeks or disfigure the face; burst into a fit of weeping: used chiefly in sarcasm or ridicule.
  • To bubble; foam.
  • To disfigure with weeping.
  • n. A bubble.
  • n. The fat of whales and other cetaceans, from which train-oil is obtained.
  • n. A gelatinous substance; hence, an acaleph or sea-nettle; a medusa.
  • n. [⟨ blubber, v.] The act or state of blubbering: as, to be in a blubber.
  • n. One who blubs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil
  • n. excess bodily weight
  • v. utter while crying
  • v. cry or whine with snuffling


Middle English bluberen, to bubble, from bluber, foam.
Middle English bluber, foam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Means "sun" in Dutch.

    July 13, 2009

  • Is someone feeling guilty about their layer of fat?

    May 31, 2008

  • I misread the WeirdNet definition as "an insulting layer of fat." *needs more coffee*

    April 28, 2008