nub

or knub

[nuhb]
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noun
  1. the point, gist, or heart of something.
  2. a knob or protuberance.
  3. a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
  4. a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.

Origin of nub

1585–95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob
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Contemporary Examples of nub

Historical Examples of nub

  • Nub gazed at the creature, but his courage did not fail him.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “Ay, Massa Shobbrok, you can never pray for too much,” said Nub.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • In vain the mate and Nub looked around on every side in the hope of seeing it.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “We go to get fresh water, and be back soon wid it,” said Nub as they passed.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Nub was now near the hole where the female hornbill had been seen.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for nub

nub

noun
  1. a small lump or protuberance
  2. a small piece or chunk
  3. the point or gistthe nub of a story
  4. a small fibrous knot in yarn
Derived Formsnubbly, adjective

Word Origin for nub

C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbe knob
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Word Origin and History for nub
n.

"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.

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