hob·​nail | \ˈhäb-ˌnāl \

Definition of hobnail 

: a short large-headed nail for studding shoe soles

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Other Words from hobnail

hobnailed \ˈhäb-​ˌnāld \ adjective

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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

hob entry 2

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The first known use of hobnail was in 1592

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