- 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 nubbins
Every morning Nubbins gets up and tries to wake up White Nose.The 1926 Tatler
It may have been the intention of the stone masons to remove these nubbins after the wall was completed.Inca Land
And I'm afeard they'll be a heap of nubbins not wuth the shuckin'.The End Of The World
It could handle only one ear of corn at a time and it was neither shaped properly nor adjustable enough to get the nubbins.
One is filled with nubbins; the other with large, shapely, well-matured ears of corn.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
- mainly US and Canadian something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
C19: diminutive of nub
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Word Origin and History for nubbins
"stunted ear of corn," 1690s, American English diminutive of nub. General sense of "small piece" is from 1857.
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