stub

1
[stuhb]

noun

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


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]

adjective

stocky; squat.

Origin of stub

2
First recorded in 1705–15; special use of stub1
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Related Words for stub

stump, dock, root, tail, snag, remnant, tag, butt, remainder, counterfoil

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British Dictionary definitions for stub

stub

noun

a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etca cigar stub
the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc
US and Canadian the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transactionAlso called (in Britain) counterfoil
any short projection or blunted end
the stump of a tree or plant

verb stubs, stubbing or stubbed (tr)

to strike (one's toe, foot, etc) painfully against a hard surface
(usually foll by out) to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
to clear (land) of stubs
to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)

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
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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