A friend, a companion. Also used as a form of address (g'day cobber!). The word probably comes from British dialect cob 'to take a liking to', although a Yiddish word khaber 'comrade' has also been suggested as a source. Cobber, now somewhat dated, is rarely used by young Australians. First recorded 1893.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • cobber — ► NOUN Austral./NZ informal ▪ a companion or friend. ORIGIN perhaps related to English dialect cob «take a liking to» …   English terms dictionary

  • cobber — [käb′ər] n. [prob. < Heb (via Yiddish) chaver, comrade] [Austral. Slang] a close companion; comrade …   English World dictionary

  • cobber — UK [ˈkɒbə(r)] / US [ˈkɑbər] noun [countable] Word forms cobber : singular cobber plural cobbers Australian informal used for talking in a friendly way to someone, especially a man …   English dictionary

  • cobber — noun /ˈkɒb.ə(r)/ A pal, buddy, mate, friend. Whats up. cobber? …   Wiktionary

  • cobber — /ˈkɒbə / (say kobuh) Colloquial –noun 1. a mate; friend. –phrase 2. cobber up with, to make friends with. {origin uncertain, probably related to the Suffolk dialect cob to form a friendship with, but compare Yiddish chaber comrade} …   Australian English dictionary

  • cobber — noun Etymology: perhaps from British dialect (Suffolk) cob to take a liking to someone Date: 1893 Australian & New Zealand buddy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cobber — /kob euhr/, n. Australian. a close fellow male friend; chum; pal. [1890 95; of uncert. orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Cobber — a male friend, a mate, pal (origin uncertain, probably related to British dialect cob to form a friendship with) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • cobber — I Australian Slang a male friend, a mate, pal (origin uncertain, probably related to British dialect cob to form a friendship with) II Australian English Mate (archaic) …   English dialects glossary

  • cobber — n Australian a friend, mate . An unsophisticated term of address among men, which is now virtually obsolete. There are two possible derivations proposed for this well known Australianism: the archaic English dialect verb to cob , meaning to take… …   Contemporary slang

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