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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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Historical Examples
  • He was an old man with a rheumatic walk and a stubbly, unshaven chin stained with tobacco juice.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
  • It seemed an age while I was crossing the short, stubbly grass of the Meadows.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • The phrase seemed to tickle his fancy, for something like the beginning of a grin stirred on the stubbly surface about his mouth.

  • The palm of his hand rasped a stubbly chin as he looked askance at me.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • His face was covered with a stubbly red beard, and its expression was crafty and brutal.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • "That's right," agreed the older man, rubbing his stubbly beard with his hand.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • "Come an' 'ave a look at Daisy," he heard the man with the stubbly chin say.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • The man smiled as he ran a hand over his stubbly two-day-old beard.

  • He was hardly a man of attractive exterior, being of a yellow complexion, with a stubbly chin, and lank iron-grey locks.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • Sprawled on the bed, fully clothed was a man with a stubbly beard.

British Dictionary definitions for stubbly


  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 stubbly



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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