- 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
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- of or resembling a nugget
- Australian and NZ informal (of a person) thickset; stocky
- 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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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