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

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A mudhole; a mire.
  • n. The loblolly pine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Gruel.
  • n. A mudhole.
  • n. A bumpkin or lout.
  • n. Loblolly pine, Pinus taeda.
  • n. Loblolly bay (plant).
  • v. Behave in a loutish manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gruel; porridge; -- so called among seamen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loutish or foolish person.
  • n. Nautical: Water-gruel or spoon-meat.
  • n. Medicines collectively. Also written, erroneously, loplolly.

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

  • n. thick gruel


Perhaps dialectal lob, to bubble + lolly, broth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yorkshire dialect lob ("boil", literally "bubbling up") + dialect lolly ("broth"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The only definition from "GNU Webster's 1913" is: "n. Gruel; porridge; -- so called among seamen."

    July 27, 2012

  • C'mon wordnik. loblolly-- a stupid or foolish person

    July 27, 2012

  • Nautical!

    October 8, 2011

  • Blecch.

    May 6, 2011

  • An odd mixture of spoon-meat. --an old provincial term from Exmoor England. Grose's 1787 A Provincial Glossary lists this definition and mentions its application to water-gruel and loblolly-boy.

    May 6, 2011

  • I've only ever seen this word meaning a kind of pine tree, except in this set of O'Brian novels, in which the word loblolly-boy appears so frequently that I didn't even think of listing it until the 12th novel, or whichever the hell one that I'm on. Anyway, usage note's on loblolly-boy.

    March 7, 2008

  • There are 2,380 hits for "loblolly gruel", so I think it is valid.

    January 9, 2008

  • C'mon, gruel's cool. Have some more!

    January 8, 2008

  • "Lots of folk live on their wits:
    Lecturers, lispers,
    Losers, loblolly-men, louts-
    They don't end as paupers"

    Larkin, Toads

    January 8, 2008

  • Eeyew. It makes me think of gruel with long pine needles in it!

    January 8, 2008

  • WeirdNet strikes again.

    January 8, 2008

  • Loblolly is a pine species. "Thick gruel"? Puh-leeze!

    January 8, 2008