nubbin

[ nuhb-in ]
/ ˈnʌb ɪn /

noun

a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
a small or imperfect ear of corn.
an undeveloped fruit.

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Origin of nubbin

1685–95, Americanism; perhaps nub + -in, variant of -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for nubbin

nubbin
/ (ˈnʌbɪn) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn

Word Origin for nubbin

C19: diminutive of nub
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