- 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
Related Words for nubcrux, 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
Contemporary Examples of nub
Historical Examples of nub
Nub gazed at the creature, but his courage did not fail him.
“Ay, Massa Shobbrok, you can never pray for too much,” said Nub.
In vain the mate and Nub looked around on every side in the hope of seeing it.
“We go to get fresh water, and be back soon wid it,” said Nub as they passed.
Nub was now near the hole where the female hornbill had been seen.
- a small lump or protuberance
- a small piece or chunk
- the point or gistthe nub of a story
- a small fibrous knot in yarn
Word Origin for nub
"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.