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

Definition of hobnail

: a short large-headed nail for studding shoe soles

Other Words from hobnail

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

Examples of hobnail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fenton had the hobnail pattern, which applies to your dresser lamps. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 9 June 2022 Cool and youthful, but just classic enough, Patek Philippe's Calatrava Reference 5226G sports a refined case with a hobnail pattern guillochéed around the entire circumference of the caseband. Alex Doak, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 The air is full of Amir ElSaffar’s compositions, and the company itself breaks into song several times, their voices stomping effortfully through Hanns Eisler’s songs in hobnail boots. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 Runs of shelving give Michelle prime spots to display collected serveware: hobnail in the kitchen, Haeger and McCoy in the library, and her family's heirloom china in the dining room. Anna Molvik, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2021 Even the most inexpensive hobnail lamp can cost around $50. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, 14 Apr. 2021 The hobnail pattern of these ceramic planter pots caught our eye. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 7 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 14 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Hobnail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobnail. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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