a mixture of tallow and oil used in dressing leather.

Also dubbing.

Origin of dubbin

1815–25; variant of gerund of dub1 (in the sense “rubbing or smoothing leather or wood”)
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Examples from the Web for dubbin

Historical Examples of dubbin

  • We are almost out of dubbin, which is in great demand for light.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • I've seen that dubbin boiling on the beach; there's tallow in it, and tar and resin as well.


    Knut Hamsun

  • “Had it along with the dubbin just before breakfast,” said Isaac.


    George Manville Fenn

  • That was probably due to a button that I had sewn on to the neck of my pyjama jacket by the uncertain light of dubbin oil!

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • We also fry our meat in cocoa-nut oil, in dubbin, and in salad oil—if we can "find" any.

British Dictionary definitions for dubbin




British a greasy mixture of tallow and oil applied to leather to soften it and make it waterproof

Word Origin for dubbin

C18: from dub to dress leather; see dub 1
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