[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

Examples from the Web for stubbled

Historical Examples of stubbled

  • Parks unbuttoned his collar and rubbed his stubbled chin unhappily.


    Alan Edward Nourse

  • He rubbed his chin, which was stubbled with almost invisible whiskers.

    The Enormous Room

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • It was a pale, drawn face, stubbled with beard, and its eyes were wild.

  • "Still working on that idea of his," Malley said, rubbing his stubbled chin.

    Diplomatic Immunity

    Robert Sheckley

  • Standing on tiptoe, she pressed her lips to his stubbled chin.

British Dictionary definitions for stubbled



having the stubs of stalks left after a crop has been cut and harvested
having a bristly growth or surface



  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 stubbled



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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