- a lump of something, as of precious metal.
- a lump of native gold.
- anything of great value, significance, or the like: nuggets of wisdom.
- a bite-size piece of chicken, fish, etc., usually batter-fried.
- Welding. (in a spot-weld) the metal fused.
- a powerful, heavy animal.
- a strong, thickset man.
Origin of nugget
Related Words for nuggetclod, wad, ingot, gold, chunk, treasure, hunk, rock, mass, clump, plum, bullion
Examples from the Web for nugget
Contemporary Examples of nugget
I always find at least one nugget of information that I can immediately apply to the work I do.The Best Apps for Developing Sherlock Holmes-Like Reading Skills
March 25, 2014
The Wen Wei Po article contains a nugget that tells us why Beijing wanted to get back at the regime in Pyongyang.North Korea's Monstrous Murder Methods
Gordon G. Chang
January 5, 2014
Yet inside this shabby story is a nugget of insight screaming to get out.Why is David Siegel so Mad?
October 10, 2012
Historical Examples of nugget
Keith's smile broadened as he was handed this nugget of wisdom.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
I bought a copy of the "Nugget" and went into the Sourdough Restaurant to read it.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
The sheriff burst in the door with Nugget McDermott close behind.Jubilation, U.S.A.
G. L. Vandenburg
That nugget of information was the stuff from which Survey reports were made.Storm Over Warlock
In a moment all were crowded around him, eagerly examining the nugget.The Cave of Gold
- a small piece or lump, esp of gold in its natural state
- something small but valuable or excellent
Word Origin for nugget
- trademark shoe polish
- (tr; sometimes not capital) informal to shine (shoes)
Word Origin and History for nugget
1852, "lump of gold," probably from southwestern England dialectal nug "lump," of unknown origin [OED]. Another theory is that it is from a misdivision of an ingot. Transferred sense is from 1859.