- 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
Examples from the Web for nuggets
Jason Collins and the Brooklyn Nets play in Portland on Wednesday and then fly to Denver to face the Nuggets on Thursday night.Lobbyist Has An Indecent Proposal for Gays in the NFL
February 25, 2014
Gordon and Trainor do pay their way with nuggets of discovery; but their most valuable contribution is perspective.‘The Endgame’ Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq
September 25, 2012
We did run out of some things, like nuggets, strips, lemonade, and waffle fries.A Gay Chick-fil-A Employee Speaks Out
August 2, 2012
Poker was played for fantastic pots; piles of nuggets and dust that could easily ransom a king.Welcome Back to the Gold Rush
April 28, 2011
The international discovery hunt has turned up other nuggets.Madoff's Devilish Female Partner in Crime
Allan Dodds Frank
December 11, 2010
Of the gold they took mostly dust, because it packed closer than nuggets.Murder Point
I could have won every peso if I had put up only a little handful of the nuggets.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
They carry good-sized pokes of nuggets and dust which they use in trading.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
"But you cannot be always sure of your nuggets," muttered Tony.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Blake put the nuggets into his pocket and threw the rest out into the pool.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
- a small piece or lump, esp of gold in its natural state
- something small but valuable or excellent
- trademark shoe polish
- (tr; sometimes not capital) informal to shine (shoes)
Word Origin and History for nuggets
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.