Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu bɪl, -baɪl, ˈnyu-/
(of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
(of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive:
the nubile girls in their bikinis.
Origin of nubile
1635-45; < Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) to marry (see nuptial) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
[noo-bil-i-tee, nyoo-] /nuˈbɪl ɪ ti, nyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for nubile
Historical Examples
  • I got a picture of a nubile waif, too freakish to fit where she'd been raised.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • All women of that category are Nupa, or nubile, as far as this man goes.

  • Every nubile maid (koshimoto) in the yashiki was a candidate for concubinage.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • Such was the ideal of wifely purity in an isle where nubile virgins went naked as in paradise.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But shall we find in France a country where the proportion of births to the number of nubile women is greater than in our own?

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • Scatter flowers, or other missile oblations, profusely, you nubile virgins.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • I am barely of nubile age, and yet I was not half so old on the day I saw you for the first time.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • She couldn't have been more than eighteen and her figure was nubile in its firm flesh and flowing contours.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • She demands flatly the Sisyphus take along at least fifty "nubile females in order to restock the world after its reconquest."

  • The girl's pure face was the picture of nubile candor, and her eyes met fairly the shock of the other's quick glance.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for nubile


adjective (of a girl or woman)
ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
sexually attractive
Derived Forms
nubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nubile

1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband" (see nuptial). In sense of "young and sexually attractive" from 1973. Related: Nubility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for nubile

Word Value for nubile

Scrabble Words With Friends