Words related to cob

cobble (n.)

"paving stone; worn, rounded stone," c. 1600 (earlier cobblestone, q.v.), probably a diminutive of cob in some sense. The verb in this sense is from 1690s. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.

cobble (v.)

late 15c., "to mend or patch" (especially shoes or boots), perhaps a back-formation from cobbler (n.1), or from cob, via a notion of lumps. Meaning "to put together clumsily" is from 1580s. Related: Cobbled; cobbling.

cobweb (n.)

"a spider's web," early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).

Figurative use for "something flimsy and easily broken through" is by 1570s. Plutarch attributes to Anacharsis, the 6c. B.C.E. Scythian-born philosopher in Athens, the statement, variously given, that laws were like cobwebs that entangled the little flies but wasps and hornets never failed to break through them. An old Norfolk term for a misty morning was cobweb-morning (1670s).

corn-cob (n.)

"elongated woody shoot of a maize plant on which the grains grow," 1787, from corn (n.1) + cob (n.). Corncob pipe is attested from 1832.