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nub

or knub

[nuhb] /nʌb/
noun
1.
the point, gist, or heart of something.
2.
a knob or protuberance.
3.
a lump or small piece:
a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
4.
a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.
Origin of nub
1585-1595
1585-95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob
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  • nub gazed at the creature, but his courage did not fail him.

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  • “Ay, Massa Shobbrok, you can never pray for too much,” said nub.

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  • In vain the mate and nub looked around on every side in the hope of seeing it.

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  • “We go to get fresh water, and be back soon wid it,” said nub as they passed.

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  • nub was now near the hole where the female hornbill had been seen.

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  • “I no tink we lose our dinner, though,” said nub, as he got to the bottom.

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  • A common suffering united him and nub, and when they could they helped each other.

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  • nub undertook to do this without exciting the suspicion of the mutineers.

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British Dictionary definitions for nub

nub

/nʌb/
noun
1.
a small lump or protuberance
2.
a small piece or chunk
3.
the point or gist: the nub of a story
4.
a small fibrous knot in yarn
Derived Forms
nubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbeknob
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Word Origin and History for nub
n.

"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.

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