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variants or naumkeag machine or naumkeag scourer
plural -s
often capitalized N
: a machine having a rubber buffing disk for smoothing the surface of shoe soles or heels before finishing


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intransitive verb

: to buff a shoe bottom (as on a naumkeag machine) prior to the finishing process

transitive verb

: to buff (a shoe bottom) prior to finishing

Word History



probably from Naumkeag, old name for Salem, Massachusetts, shoe manufacturing city

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“Naumkeag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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