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To Slúbber. v.a. [Probably from lubber.]

  1. To do any thing lazily, imperfectly, or with idle hurry.

    Nature shewed she doth not like men, who slubber up matters of mean account. Sidney.

    Bassanio told him, he would make some speed
    Of his return: he answer'd, do not so,
    Slubber not business for my sake.
    Shakesp. Merch. of Venice.

    As they are slubbered over, the malignity that remains will show itself in some chronick disease, or in some species of the lues venerea. Wiseman's Surgery.

  2. To stain; to daub. [This seems to be from slobber, slabber, or slaver.]

    You must be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes, with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition. Shak.

  3. To cover coarsely or carelessly.

    A man of secret ambitious ends, and proportionate counsels, smothered under the habit of a scholar, and slubbered over with a certain rude and clownish fashion, that had the semblance of integrity. Wotton.

Sources: Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Wiseman, Richard (68) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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