[ nuhg-it ]
/ ˈnʌg ɪt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for nugget (1 of 2)


/ (ˈnʌɡɪt) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for nugget (2 of 2)


/ (ˈnʌɡɪt) NZ /


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.

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