- Usually stubbles. the stumps of grain and other stalks left in the ground when the crop is cut.
- such stumps collectively.
- any short, rough growth, as of beard.
Origin of stubble
Examples from the Web for stubble
After a few years of stubble, the lumberjack whiskers returned, now dyed black.Learning To Fear Dodger Pitcher Brian Wilson’s Beard
October 16, 2013
There was lots of heavy makeup,” Sheppard says, “to cover up the stubble.‘Shit Girls Say’: Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard Spin Book From Meme
September 18, 2012
He dips his brush into the green paint and giggles, saying that my stubble makes this harder.Macaulay Culkin’s Life After Fame
June 19, 2012
He compliments us on our stubble, and we are pleased by this.Oscars 2011: Red Carpet and Vanity Fair Party Photos
February 27, 2011
First, 60-year-old white men should never dance alone at a public gathering—he was about as smooth as five-day stubble.The Clown Prince of Wall Street
August 18, 2010
The vast host shall be to us, he cried, as "stubble is to fire."The Man Shakespeare
All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.In the Valley
One position held by Austrians for hours was in a stubble field.
Shrieking, I hurled free of him, and rolled over the tail-board on to the stubble.The Golden Age
And he had been as stubble before the wind—as chaff that the storm carrieth away!The Christian
- the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
- (as modifier)a stubble field
- any bristly growth or surface
Word Origin and History for stubble
c.1300, "stumps of grain stalks left in the ground after reaping," from Old French estuble "stubble" (French éteule), from Latin stupla, reduced form of stipula "stalk, straw;" related to stipes "trunk, stick." Applied from c.1600 to bristles on a man's unshaven face.