hob·​nail | \ ˈhäb-ˌnāl How to pronounce hobnail (audio) \

Definition of hobnail

: a short large-headed nail for studding shoe soles

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Other Words from hobnail

hobnailed \ ˈhäb-​ˌnāld How to pronounce hobnail (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hobnail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These gorgeous nesting mixing bowls will bring tears of joy to any amateur baker’s eye, what with their durability and elegant hobnail pattern. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts to buy from Bed, Bath & Beyond under $30," 10 Nov. 2020 This version has had the date complication removed and the skeletonized rotor swapped out for one with an elegant hobnail pattern on it. Stephen Pulvirent, Bloomberg.com, "Time Ticks on for Audemars Piguet With a New Collection of Watches," 14 Mar. 2020 Most conspicuous of all are the glinting hobnails in the sole of the boot on the left. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Van Gogh puts feet first with ‘A Pair of Boots’," 31 Oct. 2019 Decked out in green puttees, hobnail boots and a bomber jacket. Amanda Demarco, WSJ, "‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Review: A Low-Life for the Ages," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hobnail

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hobnail

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The first known use of hobnail was in 1592

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“Hobnail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobnail. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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