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nugget

[nuhg-it]
noun
  1. a lump of something, as of precious metal.
  2. a lump of native gold.
  3. anything of great value, significance, or the like: nuggets of wisdom.
  4. a bite-size piece of chicken, fish, etc., usually batter-fried.
  5. Welding. (in a spot-weld) the metal fused.
  6. Australian.
    1. a powerful, heavy animal.
    2. a strong, thickset man.
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Origin of nugget

1850–55; perhaps diminutive of obsolete nug small piece, variant of nog2; see -et
Related formsnug·get·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nuggety

nuggety

adjective
  1. of or resembling a nugget
  2. Australian and NZ informal (of a person) thickset; stocky
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nugget

noun
  1. a small piece or lump, esp of gold in its natural state
  2. something small but valuable or excellent
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Word Origin

C19: origin unknown

Nugget

noun
  1. trademark shoe polish
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verb
  1. (tr; sometimes not capital) informal to shine (shoes)
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Word Origin and History for nuggety

nugget

n.

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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