nub·​by | \ ˈnə-bē How to pronounce nubby (audio) \
nubbier; nubbiest

Definition of nubby

1 : having or being like nubbles
2 : having nubs a nubby knit fabric

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nubby


chunky, clumpy, curdy, lumpy, nubbly



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Examples of nubby in a Sentence

a nubby yarn that produces bumpy fabrics when woven

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Fort Foster Park — Kittery Best for: Kayaking, scuba, swimming, trails, windsurfing The nubby little peninsula of Fort Foster Park sticks out into the mouth of the Piscataqua River at Kittery Point., "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 The musicians collectively conjure shifting sound-worlds whose nubby textures and rich surfaces suggest tactile rather than aural sensations. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Jenny Hval collaborator Håvard Volden digs deeper into abstract sound in his own projects," 27 Apr. 2018 Clooney’s collared suit, with its demure cut and nubby texture, recalled '60s styles favored by Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, while the pale nude hue hinted at the spring season ahead. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Gets Back to Work Like a Boss in the Ladylike Skirt Suit," 29 Mar. 2018 Younger consumers believe shopping is about ordering eight nubby gray sweaters online to send back all but one. Karen Heller,, "Shopping in stores is a misery — can wine, yoga and storytelling make it fun again?," 20 Dec. 2017 This effortless sense of polish could be seen in her heather gray joggers and a nubby knit sweater in the same shade. Maria Ward, Vogue, "For Biking With Bieber, Selena Gomez Stays Cute and Casual," 1 Nov. 2017 Lurex threading added subtle shine to Kardashian West’s nubby sweater, while Paco Rabanne’s chain-link bag and Mykita shield shades lent a futuristic twist. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Got a Leg Up on This Spring 2018 Trend," 16 Oct. 2017 Add lots of throw pillows with nubby fabric and luxurious throw blankets on your sofa and chairs, rug pads under your area rugs, tablecloths on your wood tables, and accessories on your coffee and end tables. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to reduce echoes in your home," 21 Sep. 2017 And their texture perfectly complements Mansur’s turtleneck knits, nubby wool coats, and puffy coats. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Mansur Gavriel Is Going to Sell Scrunchies," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nubby

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nubby

nub + -y entry 1

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nubbin disease

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The first known use of nubby was in 1864

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nub·​by | \ ˈnə-bē How to pronounce nubby (audio) \
nubbier; nubbiest

Kids Definition of nubby

: having small knobs or lumps nubby tires

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