Simple Definition of nub
: a small piece or end : a small part that sticks out
Examples of nub in a sentence
The dog chewed his bone down to a nub.
The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.
Origin of nub
alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe
First Known Use: 1727
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Definition of nub for Students
1 : a small rounded part that sticks out from something <These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.>
2 : a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away <a nub of pencil>
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