- a mixture of tallow and oil used in dressing leather.
Origin of dubbin
1815–25; variant of gerund of dub1 (in the sense “rubbing or smoothing leather or wood”)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for dubbin
We are almost out of dubbin, which is in great demand for light.
I've seen that dubbin boiling on the beach; there's tallow in it, and tar and resin as well.Wanderers
“Had it along with the dubbin just before breakfast,” said Isaac.Mad
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!
We also fry our meat in cocoa-nut oil, in dubbin, and in salad oil—if we can "find" any.The Siege of Mafeking (1900)
J. Angus Hamilton.
- British a greasy mixture of tallow and oil applied to leather to soften it and make it waterproof
C18: from dub to dress leather; see dub 1