Origin of nubbin

1685–95, Americanism; perhaps nub + -in, variant of -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for nubbins


  1. 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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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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