- the point, gist, or heart of something.
- a knob or protuberance.
- a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
- 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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Related Wordscrux, upshot, heart, substance, meat, kernel, nitty-gritty, essence, point, pith, short, basic, nucleus, nubbin, node, knob, bulge, swelling, protuberance, lump
Examples from the Web for nub
In vain the mate and Nub looked around on every side in the hope of seeing it.
“Ay, Massa Shobbrok, you can never pray for too much,” said Nub.
Nub gazed at the creature, but his courage did not fail him.
“I no tink we lose our dinner, though,” said Nub, as he got to the bottom.
“We go to get fresh water, and be back soon wid it,” said Nub as they passed.
- a small lump or protuberance
- a small piece or chunk
- the point or gistthe nub of a story
- a small fibrous knot in yarn
C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbe knob
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Word Origin and History for nub
"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.
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