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

Definition of nubuck

: a soft sueded leather

Examples of nubuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The interior has also been soundproofed and fully-trimmed in nubuck leather, Alcantara and high-end wood. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, 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,, 15 May 2018 The oiled nubuck upper has a breathable waterproof membrane and mud shields to keep debris out. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, 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, 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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27 Aug 2021

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“Nubuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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