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verb (used with object), slubbed, slub·bing.
  1. to extend (slivers of fiber) and twist slightly in carding.
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  1. the fibers produced by slubbing.
  2. a slight irregularity in yarn produced either accidentally or purposely by knotting or twisting or by including uneven lengths of fiber in spinning.
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Origin of slub

First recorded in 1825–35; origin uncertain
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Related Words

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British Dictionary definitions for slub


  1. a lump in yarn or fabric, often made intentionally to give a knobbly effect
  2. a loosely twisted roll of fibre prepared for spinning
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verb slubs, slubbing or slubbed
  1. (tr) to draw out and twist (a sliver of fibre) preparatory to spinning
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  1. (of material) having an irregular appearance
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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