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.
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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.
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