Ante 1553. From gobbon (“piece, portion, slice”), from Old French gobon, gobet (“piece”). Cognate with English gobony (“line of alternating squares”).
gubbins pl (plural only)
- (obsolete) Fragments; parings; scraps (especially of fish).
- (Britain, informal) Assorted stuff, especially if of little value; tat.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:thingy, Thesaurus:trifle
2017 summer, Milla Jovovich, “My Movie Masterming: Resident Evil Special”, in Empire, number 337, page 135:
I had to memorise so much dialogue that never makes it into the movie so I always have a plethora of extra gubbins I can't remember.
gubbins (plural gubbins)
- (Britain, informal) Silly person; fool. [from 20th c.]