nub

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noun \ˈnəb\

Definition of nub

  1. 1 :  knob, lump

  2. 2 :  nubbin

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of nub

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe


First Known Use: 1727



NUB Defined for English Language Learners

nub

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noun \ˈnəb\

Definition of nub for English Language Learners

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


NUB Defined for Kids

nub

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noun \ˈnəb\

Definition of nub for Students

  1. 1 :  a small rounded part that sticks out from something <These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.>

  2. 2 :  a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away <a nub of pencil>


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