nubbin

[ nuhb-in ]
/ ˈnʌb ɪn /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. nuance,
  2. nuanced,
  3. nub,
  4. nuba,
  5. nubain,
  6. nubble,
  7. nubbly,
  8. nubby,
  9. nubecula,
  10. nubia

Origin of nubbin

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nubbins

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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Word Origin and History for nubbins

nubbin

n.

"stunted ear of corn," 1690s, American English diminutive of nub. General sense of "small piece" is from 1857.

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