[ hob-neyl ]
/ ˈhɒbˌneɪl /


a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
a small allover pattern consisting of small tufts, as on fabrics, or of small studs, as on glass.


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Origin of hobnail

First recorded in 1585–95; hob1 + nail
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British Dictionary definitions for hobnail

/ (ˈhɒbˌneɪl) /


  1. a short nail with a large head for protecting the soles of heavy footwear
  2. (as modifier)hobnail boots

Derived forms of hobnail

hobnailed, adjective

Word Origin for hobnail

C16: from hob 1 (in the archaic sense: peg) + nail
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