noun, often attributive \ˈstə-bəl\

: short hairs growing from the face of a man who has not shaved very recently

: the short ends of crops left in the ground after the crops have been cut down

Full Definition of STUBBLE

:  the basal part of herbaceous plants and especially cereal grasses remaining attached to the soil after harvest
:  a rough surface or growth resembling stubble; especially :  a short growth of beard
stub·bled \-bəld\ adjective
stub·bly \-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of STUBBLE

  1. He ran his hand over his stubble.

Origin of STUBBLE

Middle English stuble, from Anglo-French estuble, from Latin stupula stalk, straw, alteration of stipula — more at stipule
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with STUBBLE


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