blubbering


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blub·ber 1

 (blŭb′ər)
v. blub·bered, blub·ber·ing, blub·bers
v.intr.
To sob noisily. See Synonyms at cry.
v.tr.
1. To utter while crying and sobbing.
2. To make wet and swollen by weeping.
n.
A loud sobbing.

[Middle English bluberen, to bubble, from bluber, foam.]

blub′ber·ing·ly adv.

blub·ber 2

 (blŭb′ər)
n.
1. The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals, from which an oil is obtained.
2. Excessive body fat.
3. Any of various large jellyfishes.
adj.
Swollen and protruding: blubber cheeks.

[Middle English bluber, foam.]

blub′ber·y adj.
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blubbering

noun
A fit of crying:
bawling, cry, sobbing, tear (used in plural), wailing, weeping.
References in classic literature ?
At this moment Bruno re-entered the room, and passing Uggug (who was blubbering his loudest, in the hope of attracting notice) as if he was quite used to that sort of thing, he ran up to Sylvie and threw his arms round her.
But no more of this blubbering now, we are going a-whaling, and there is plenty of that yet to come.
And now the whole family, namely, Mr Blifil, Mr Jones, Mr Thwackum, Mr Square, and some of the servants (for such were Mr Allworthy's orders) being all assembled round his bed, the good man sat up in it, and was beginning to speak, when Blifil fell to blubbering, and began to express very loud and bitter lamentations.
By this time the boy was quite awake, and, with a blubbering whine, he attempted to reply to his master.
Blubbering Barlow might have to take to the road with his whining music to pay his tax bill, it is reported.
I suppose when you're in an ice cave eating blubber, cooking blubber and blubbering into your blubber, it's a distraction keeping a note of what the penguins are up to.
Called Galloping Home, it was written by a chap called Denis King and, short of taking a swig from a bottle of gripe water, its opening strains alone are enough to reduce grown, middle-aged men to blubbering, regressive wrecks in need of a comforting hug from their mums.