hob·​nail ˈhäb-ˌnāl How to pronounce hobnail (audio)
: a short large-headed nail for studding shoe soles
hobnailed adjective

Examples of hobnail in a Sentence

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Word History


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First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 18 Jul. 2024.

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hob·​nail ˈhäb-ˌnāl How to pronounce hobnail (audio)
: a large-headed nail driven into the soles of heavy shoes as a protection against wear
hobnailed adjective

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