[ stuhb-uh l ]
/ ˈstʌb əl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. stub,
  2. stub axle,
  3. stub nail,
  4. stubbed,
  5. stubbies,
  6. stubble-jumper,
  7. stubbled,
  8. stubbly,
  9. stubborn,
  10. stubborn as a mule

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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British Dictionary definitions for stubble


/ (ˈstʌbəl) /


  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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