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

Examples of nubuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, check out these J. Crew duck boots with a nubuck upper that’s ready for rain and snow with a polar plush lining and faux shearling trim for extra warmth. Nneya Richards, Travel + Leisure, 30 Dec. 2023 The kicks are made of the same nubuck leather that Timberland stans have come to know and love. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2023 Having tested the shoes on both the treadmill and rain-soaked trails, what struck me most was the strength of the polyurethane foam sole and thin nubuck leather uppers. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Sep. 2023 However, Camper's Brutus sandals completely defy this notion by combining a remarkably comfortable and lightweight lug sole with a luxurious crisscross upper made of buttery nubuck leather. Maverick Li,, 10 June 2023 With this sofa, there are two leather types to choose from: nubuck leather (a suede-like material that's more durable and thick) or Winchester leather (the more rustic, top-grain option). Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Made from thick, water-resistant nubuck leather covering a steel toe box, these boots will keep your precious feet well-protected. Joel Balsam, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023 Only best-quality hides are used for nubuck, which is marketed as a luxury product. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 Best Flip Flops for Women of 2023, Tested and Reviewed The best deal in the lineup is on a pair of brown nubuck Arizona sandals with rose gold hardware, which is marked down from $110 to $56. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023

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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 24 May. 2024.

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