nub·​by ˈnə-bē How to pronounce nubby (audio)
nubbier; nubbiest
: having or being like nubbles
: having nubs
a nubby knit fabric

Examples of nubby in a Sentence

a nubby yarn that produces bumpy fabrics when woven
Recent Examples on the Web Fleece: Typically made from polyester, fleece is very soft and warm with a slightly nubby texture. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 4 Apr. 2024 Staff know their stuff, pointing out the fresh hearts of palm next to the rosy duck breast, imbued with cardamom and orange, and the nubby coat on the fried branzino, a crust made of coconut and plantains. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 Almond flour: Made from ground blanched almonds, pale yellow almond flour (not meal or natural almond flour!) is mild and buttery tasting, lending a fudgy, nubby texture to brownies and cakes. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 15 Mar. 2024 Fluffy scarves and snoods were wrapped around torsos, sometimes obscuring them in the process, not unlike cozy blankets, and similarly soft, nubby textures were found in shoes. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 The fabric has a medium weight that’s soft and slightly nubby — not too slippery, not too rough. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 Jordan recommends mixing the material with more sumptuous natural fabrics (think downy cashmere sweaters and nubby tweed coats) for a pleasing high-low mix and textural contrast. Max Berlinger, Robb Report, 24 Feb. 2024 The setting is a fetching backdrop to a surprisingly long a la carte menu whose small-plate highlights include juicy pork belly and kabocha squash gyoza and tuna tartare — red with gochujang and fruity with apple — scooped up with nubby tempura seaweed chips. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 In the autumn, its branches would bend under the weight of nubby grape-size nuts. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Dec. 2023

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Word History


nub + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nubby was in 1864

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“Nubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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nub·​by ˈnəb-ē How to pronounce nubby (audio)
nubbier; nubbiest
: having small knobs or lumps
a nubby knit fabric
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