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adjective, nub·bi·er, nub·bi·est.
  1. having nubs; knobby or lumpy.
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Also knubby, nubbed, knubbed.

Origin of nubby

First recorded in 1875–80; nub + -y1
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Examples from the Web for nubbed

Historical Examples

  • They were cooled a bit, to save the softened outside, then nubbed of surplus wick, and laid in a dish outside.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams

British Dictionary definitions for nubbed


  1. having small lumps or protuberances; knobbly
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Word Origin and History for nubbed



1876, from nub + -y (2).

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