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[duhb-in] /ˈdʌb ɪn/
a mixture of tallow and oil used in dressing leather.
Also, dubbing.
Origin of dubbin
1815-25; variant of gerund of dub1 (in the sense “rubbing or smoothing leather or wood”) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We are almost out of dubbin, which is in great demand for light.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • I've seen that dubbin boiling on the beach; there's tallow in it, and tar and resin as well.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • “Had it along with the dubbin just before breakfast,” said Isaac.

    Mad George Manville Fenn
  • That was probably due to a button that I had sewn on to the neck of my pyjama jacket by the uncertain light of dubbin oil!

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • We also fry our meat in cocoa-nut oil, in dubbin, and in salad oil—if we can "find" any.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • The dubbin is brushed thickly on to the flesh side of the sammed leather, which is then hung up to dry.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • The old process of hand stuffing employs a mixture of tallow and cod oil called "dubbin."

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • After slicking well out they are hand-stuffed on the grain with dubbin and water, or merely oiled, and hung up to samm.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • I love the smell of the leather and the sight of all those sharp little knives, and the black, shiny 'dubbin,' do you call it?

    Young Lives Richard Le Gallienne
  • I only 'ad a little wound in me 'and, an' I used ter plug it wi' dubbin' an' boot-polish ter keep it raw.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
British Dictionary definitions for dubbin


(Brit) a greasy mixture of tallow and oil applied to leather to soften it and make it waterproof
Word Origin
C18: from dub to dress leather; see dub1
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