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[stuhb-uh l] /ˈstʌb əl/
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
1250-1300; Middle English stuble < Old French estuble < Vulgar Latin *stupula, Latin stipula stipule
Related forms
stubbled, stubbly, adjective
unstubbled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The vast host shall be to us, he cried, as "stubble is to fire."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • 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 Kenneth Grahame
  • And he had been as stubble before the wind—as chaff that the storm carrieth away!

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for stubble


  1. the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
  2. (as modifier): a stubble field
any bristly growth or surface
Derived Forms
stubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, variant of stipula stalk, stem, stubble
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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.

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