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slubbed; slubbing

transitive verb

: to draw out and twist (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) slightly


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: a soft thick uneven section in a yarn or thread

Examples of slub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
This asymmetrical sofa is available in an array of fabrics, including velvet, slub velvet, chenille and piper weave. Good Housekeeping, 5 Sep. 2023 This airy slub cotton long-sleeve tee in a gorgeous green means mission accomplished. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 1 Dec. 2022 Though not actual silk, the raw slub texture of the polyester fabric gives both the soft feel and shimmering look of silk and is far easier to care for. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 3 July 2022 Splendid’s v-neck slub tee is super-soft and a perfect layering piece to wear as the seasons change. Ciannah Gin, Forbes, 21 May 2021 A blue slub check shirt ($55) and silver shot tie bar ($15) will look quite nice. Alison S. Cohn, New York Times, 3 May 2017

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Word History



back-formation from slubbing

First Known Use


1834, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slub was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Slub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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