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adjective nub·by \ˈnə-bē\

Definition of nubby

nubbier

nubbiest

  1. 1 :  having or being like nubbles

  2. 2 :  having nubs <a nubby knit fabric>



Examples of nubby in a sentence

  1. <a nubby yarn that produces bumpy fabrics when woven>



Origin and Etymology of nubby

nub + 1-y


First Known Use: circa 1876


NUBBY Defined for Kids

nubby

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adjective nub·by \ˈnə-bē\

Definition of nubby for Students

nubbier

nubbiest

  1. :  having small knobs or lumps <nubby tires>




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