or knub

[ nuhb ]
/ nʌb /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nub


/ (nʌb) /


a small lump or protuberance
a small piece or chunk
the point or gistthe nub of a story
a small fibrous knot in yarn

Derived Forms

nubbly, adjective

Word Origin for nub

C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbe knob
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