stubble

[ stuhb-uh l ]
/ ˈstʌb əl /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for stubbled (1 of 2)

stubbled

/ (ˈstʌbəld) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for stubbled (2 of 2)

stubble

/ (ˈstʌbəl) /

noun

  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

stubble


n.

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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