nu·​buck ˈn(y)ü-ˌbək How to pronounce nubuck (audio)
often attributive
: a soft sueded leather

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Though it’s offered in many shades, this caramel calf leather will darken beautifully with wear—and, with a hardy nubuck lining, this cincher should hold up pants far into the future. WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 This classic boot features a waterproof nubuck leather upper, rubber sole and gusseted tongue with 9 millimeters of felt insulation to keep your feet thoroughly protected from the elements. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 14 Nov. 2022 The nubuck/mesh upper is durable and breathable, with an elastic cord lace system that eliminates the hassle of re-tying your laces. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Oct. 2022 Consider styles made from materials meant to get better with each wear, like nubuck or pebble-grained leather. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 May 2022 The new creative director sent a clear message of renewal with the first look in his debut collection Saturday night: A white tank and what appeared to be jeans, but which were deceptively made out of soft nubuck. Colleen Barry, ajc, 27 Feb. 2022 Our top pick is this trendy style from Vionic, which comes in chic leather or soft nubuck (a textile that mimics suede but is more durable). Chloe Irving,, 8 Dec. 2021 The sneakers have soft nubuck leather uppers that reviewers say are easy to clean and Ecco's signature soles that help to increase air circulation. Lauren Rearick,, 23 Aug. 2021 These include a nubuck cleaning brush for surface cleaning, as well as a nylon brush to clean the treads. Sian Babish,, 23 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


perhaps from nu- (alteration of new entry 1) + buck entry 1

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nubuck was in 1912

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“Nubuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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