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.
  1. a powerful, heavy animal.
  2. a strong, thickset man.

Origin of nugget

1850–55; perhaps diminutive of obsolete nug small piece, variant of nog2; see -et
Related formsnug·get·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nugget

clod, wad, ingot, gold, chunk, treasure, hunk, rock, mass, clump, plum, bullion

Examples from the Web for nugget

Contemporary Examples of nugget

Historical Examples of nugget

  • Keith's smile broadened as he was handed this nugget of wisdom.


    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

    Andre Norton

  • In a moment all were crowded around him, eagerly examining the nugget.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil

British Dictionary definitions for nugget



a small piece or lump, esp of gold in its natural state
something small but valuable or excellent

Word Origin for nugget

C19: origin unknown



trademark shoe polish


(tr; sometimes not capital) informal to shine (shoes)
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper