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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Examples of nubby in a Sentence

a nubby yarn that produces bumpy fabrics when woven
Recent Examples on the Web The collection in its entirety explores the relationship between masculine and feminine traditions, between structured, nubby fabrics and soft, sensual ones. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2020 For consistent juicing, Tommy’s bartenders use a common elbow press juicer, and Bermejo trains his bartenders to lop off the nubby end of each lime half at its apex. Ali Bouzari,, 30 Dec. 2019 In fact, Holmes’s suit appeared to be tailored from a wonderfully nubby tweed in a subtle, deconstructed plaid of navy and black. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019 Another textured wallcovering, this time by Phillip Jeffries resembles no less than menswear, a nubby wool suit perhaps, which feels exactly right in the masculine space (which is also outfitted with a small bust by CB2). Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, 18 Nov. 2019 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., 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, 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, 29 Mar. 2018 Younger consumers believe shopping is about ordering eight nubby gray sweaters online to send back all but one. Karen Heller,, 20 Dec. 2017 See More

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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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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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