Clobber

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English

Etymology 1

British slang dated 1941 CE; possibly an onomatopoeia of the sounds of distant, detonated bombs.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /klɒb.ə(ɹ)/, SAMPA: /klQb.@(r)/
  • Rhymes: -ɒbə(r)

Verb

Clobber (third-person singular simple present Clobbers, present participle Clobbering, simple past and past participle Clobbered)

  1. (transitive, slang) To hit or bash severely.
  2. (transitive, computing) To overwrite (data), usually unintentionally.

Etymology 2

British slang dated in the 19th Century CE.

Noun

Clobber (plural Clobbers)
  1. (Australian, UK, slang) An item of clothing or equipment.


Thesaurus

bang, bash, bat, bear the palm, beat, beat all hollow, belt, best, biff, blank, blast, bonk, bulldoze, clap, clip, clout, clump, coldcock, crack, cream, cut, dash, deal, deal a blow, deck, defeat, defeat utterly, drub, fetch, fetch a blow, hit, hit a clip, jab, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock out, lambaste, let have it, lick, overbear, overwhelm, paste, plunk, poke, punch, schmear, shellac, shut out, skin, skunk, slam, slog, slug, smack, smash, smear, smite, smother, snap, snow under, soak, sock, steamroller, strike, strike at, swat, swipe, take the cake, thrash, thump, thwack, trim, triumph, trounce, wallop, whack, wham, whelm, whitewash, whomp, whop, win, worst, yerk

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References

  • Clobber” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
  • The Dinkum Dictionary
  • "The Jargon File."

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