- 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
Examples from the Web for stubbled
Parks unbuttoned his collar and rubbed his stubbled chin unhappily.Circus
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.Seed of the Arctic Ice
H. G. Winter
"Still working on that idea of his," Malley said, rubbing his stubbled chin.Diplomatic Immunity
Standing on tiptoe, she pressed her lips to his stubbled chin.Queen of the Flaming Diamond
- having the stubs of stalks left after a crop has been cut and harvested
- having a bristly growth or surface
- the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
- (as modifier)a stubble field
- any bristly growth or surface
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.