[stuhb-uh l]


Usually stubbles. the stumps of grain and other stalks left in the ground when the crop is cut.
such stumps collectively.
any short, rough growth, as of beard.

Origin of stubble

1250–1300; Middle English stuble < Old French estuble < Vulgar Latin *stupula, Latin stipula stipule
Related formsstub·bled, stub·bly, adjectiveun·stub·bled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stubble

Historical Examples of stubble

  • The vast host shall be to us, he cried, as "stubble is to fire."

  • All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • One position held by Austrians for hours was in a stubble field.

  • Shrieking, I hurled free of him, and rolled over the tail-board on to the stubble.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • And he had been as stubble before the wind—as chaff that the storm carrieth away!

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for stubble



  1. the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
  2. (as modifier)a stubble field
any bristly growth or surface
Derived Formsstubbly, adjective

Word Origin for stubble

C13: from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, variant of stipula stalk, stem, stubble
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Word Origin and History for stubble

c.1300, "stumps of grain stalks left in the ground after reaping," from Old French estuble "stubble" (French éteule), from Latin stupla, reduced form of stipula "stalk, straw;" related to stipes "trunk, stick." Applied from c.1600 to bristles on a man's unshaven face.

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