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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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Examples from the Web for stubbled
Historical Examples
  • Parks unbuttoned his collar and rubbed his stubbled chin unhappily.

    Circus Alan Edward Nourse
  • He rubbed his chin, which was stubbled with almost invisible whiskers.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • It was a pale, drawn face, stubbled with beard, and its eyes were wild.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • "Still working on that idea of his," Malley said, rubbing his stubbled chin.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
  • Standing on tiptoe, she pressed her lips to his stubbled chin.

  • I weighed it as I strayed and stubbled about the benighted Heath.

  • David hastened to overtake him, and soon caught sight of the bent figure walking slowly over the stubbled field.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • She heard Mac spit, looked at him running his fingers along his stubbled jaw.

    The Hand Gerald Allan Sohl
  • In the fog, Ross stumbled in a shallow ditch beyond which lay a stubbled field.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • His eyes were moist, and they blinked for a moment; then a slow, happy grin spread over his stubbled face.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for stubbled


having the stubs of stalks left after a crop has been cut and harvested
having a bristly growth or surface


  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 stubbled



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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