noun, often attributive
nu·​buck | \ ˈn(y)ü-ˌbək How to pronounce nubuck (audio) \

Definition of nubuck

: a soft sueded leather

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The interior has also been soundproofed and fully-trimmed in nubuck leather, Alcantara and high-end wood. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Ram 1500 sedan is a unique Italian take on luxury trucks," 17 May 2018 The men's options include brown calfskin riding boots ($2,500) and two-tone nubuck and calfskin Oxfords (in two color combinations; magnolia/black and cognac/brown, $1,150 each), referencing styles worn by Rudolph Valentino from 1921 to 1926. Adam Tschorn,, "New Salvatore Ferragamo collection lets you step into styles worn by Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino," 15 May 2018 The oiled nubuck upper has a breathable waterproof membrane and mud shields to keep debris out. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Best Hiking Boots for Men," 22 Jan. 2018 Both of those shoes were entirely black from toe to heel, and mostly done up in nubuck—but the name predates both of those shoes, the Air Jordan Brand, and even Michael Jordan's career. Pete Forester, Esquire, "The Hidden Story Behind These All-Black Air Jordans," 30 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of nubuck

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nubuck

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

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a strong desire or propensity

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