nubbin

noun
nub·​bin | \ ˈnə-bən How to pronounce nubbin (audio) \

Definition of nubbin

1 : something (such as an ear of corn) that is small for its kind, stunted, undeveloped, or imperfect
2 : a small usually projecting part or bit

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Examples of nubbin in a Sentence

had only a nubbin of crayon left this nubbin of the intelligence report is the prediction that the country's government will soon fall
Recent Examples on the Web To serve the dish, spoon the rice into bowls, add a nubbin of butter to each one, let the butter melt for half a minute, then let each diner sprinkle several drops of soy sauce onto the rice before eating. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: The Butter Rice episode in the series ‘Midnight Diner’ will make you want to try this simple Japanese dish," 20 Apr. 2021 The entrance features a dipping counter where signature flavors like honey-swirled Queen Bee, crunchy Churro Churro and Malt Shake, with nubbins of malt balls, are scooped. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Museum of Ice Cream Returns With a Bigger Space," 9 Dec. 2019 Chicken — rather, nubbins of chicken — make yet another appearance on a plate of gloppy pasta that’s the polar opposite of al dente and further degraded by a rumor of pesto. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Now you can eat at the Capitol just like a U.S. representative: Badly," 4 Dec. 2019 Tteok kochi — chewy little rice cake nubbins basted with gochujang, broiled to a sticky crisp and dusted with crushed peanuts — is the ultimate bar snack, as far as I’m concerned. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 These pretzel nubbins are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "4th of July Finger Foods & Appetizers (Because Forks Inhibit Our American Freedoms)," 13 June 2018 These pretzel nubbins are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "4th of July Finger Foods & Appetizers (Because Forks Inhibit Our American Freedoms)," 13 June 2018 These pretzel nubbins are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "4th of July Finger Foods & Appetizers (Because Forks Inhibit Our American Freedoms)," 13 June 2018 These pretzel nubbins are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "4th of July Finger Foods & Appetizers (Because Forks Inhibit Our American Freedoms)," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of nubbin

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nubbin

perhaps diminutive of nub

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25 Apr 2021

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“Nubbin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nubbin. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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