nub

noun \ ˈnəb \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of nub

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

Examples of nub in a Sentence

  1. The dog chewed his bone down to a nub.

  2. The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.

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Origin and Etymology of nub

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe



NUB Defined for English Language Learners

nub

noun

Definition of nub for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece or end : a small part that sticks out


NUB Defined for Kids

nub

noun \ ˈnəb \

Definition of nub for Students

1 : a small rounded part that sticks out from something
  • These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.
2 : a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away
  • a nub of pencil


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