[ duhb-in ]
/ ˈdʌb ɪn /


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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British Dictionary definitions for dubbin



/ (ˈdʌbɪn) /


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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