- a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
- a small or imperfect ear of corn.
- an undeveloped fruit.
Origin of nubbin
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Examples from the Web for nubbin
He warmed the remaining half-can of salmon and whittled at his nubbin of bread.The Promise
James B. Hendryx
Throwing a nubbin to the calf to catch the cow, as you say in Virginia, eh?Shadows of Flames
Not a stream, not a butte, not even a nubbin of rock varied the view.The Plow-Woman
One must rescue Richard's head; it was not that nubbin of a head which goes with the Farnese one.The President
Alfred Henry Lewis
The Condor stretched his broad wings and settled himself comfortably on a nubbin of sandstone.The Trail Book
- mainly US and Canadian something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
C19: diminutive of nub
Word Origin and History for nubbin
"stunted ear of corn," 1690s, American English diminutive of nub. General sense of "small piece" is from 1857.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper