1
: knob, lump
2
: nubbin
3
: gist, point
the nub of the problem

Example Sentences

The dog chewed his bone down to a nub. The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.
Recent Examples on the Web So to reserve your happy self for your new love and to bring only your needy self to them is the kind of thing that can wear a friendship down to a nub. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2022 More and more flies started buzzing around his nub. Jonathan Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2022 This is, of course, the very nub of the debate about our future: the intangible philosophy of governance itself. Mark P. Mills, WSJ, 26 July 2022 More and more flies started buzzing around his nub. Jonathan Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2022 More and more flies started buzzing around his nub. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Is permitting reform being sawed and sanded down to a nub? The Editorial Board, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 Or the eyeliner that's been sharpened down to no more than a nub. Sophia Panych, Allure, 28 Feb. 2022 This underfed mangelike creature was the victim of an animal attack or a lame attempt at tail-docking as the bony nub and flesh is all that remained of what was once the animal appendage. cleveland, 7 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nub was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Nub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nub. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

1
2
: the main point of a matter
the nub of the story

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