stub

1
[ stuhb ]
/ stʌb /

noun

verb (used with object), stubbed, stub·bing.


Nearby words

  1. stuart, james ewell brown,
  2. stuart, james francis edward,
  3. stuart, john,
  4. stuart, mary,
  5. stuarts,
  6. stub axle,
  7. stub nail,
  8. stubbed,
  9. stubbies,
  10. stubble

Origin of stub

1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English stubb(e), Old English stubb tree stump; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbi; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump; (v.) late Middle English stubben to dig up by the roots, clear stumps from (land), derivative of the noun

Related formsstub·ber, noun

stub

2
[ stuhb ]
/ stʌb /

adjective

stocky; squat.

Origin of stub

2
First recorded in 1705–15; special use of stub1

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British Dictionary definitions for stub

stub

/ (stʌb) /

noun

verb stubs, stubbing or stubbed (tr)

Word Origin for stub

Old English stubb; related to Old Norse stubbi, Middle Dutch stubbe, Greek stupos stem, stump

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Word Origin and History for stub

stub

n.

Old English stybb "stump of a tree," from Proto-Germanic *stubjaz (cf. Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from PIE root *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Extended in Middle English to other short, thick things. The verb sense of "strike (one's toe) against" something is first recorded 1848. Meaning "to extinguish a cigarette" is from 1927. Related: Stubbed; stubbing.

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