\ˈstəb \

Definition of stub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : stump sense 2

b : a short piece remaining on a stem or trunk where a branch has been lost

2 : something made or worn to a short or blunt shape especially : a pen with a short blunt nib

3 : a short blunt part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up a pencil stub

4 : something cut short or stunted

5a : a small part of a leaf (as of a checkbook) attached to the spine for memoranda of the contents of the part torn away

b : the part of a ticket returned to the user


stubbed; stubbing

Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to grub up by the roots

b : to clear (land) by grubbing out rooted growth

c : to hew or cut down (a tree) close to the ground

2 : to extinguish (something, such as a cigarette) by crushing

3 : to strike (one's foot or toe) against an object

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Examples of stub in a Sentence


Hold onto your ticket stub in case you leave the theater and want to come back in again. an ashtray full of cigarette stubs

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On one table are Depression-era objects from Rabbithole Springs, including bottle glass and pencil stubs. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 The boy was curious about – and a little frightened of — the lady in a wheelchair who had no legs and the stub of a breathing tube protruding from her neck. Joseph A. Slobodzian,, "'I'm not angry,' says Mariya Plekan, 5 years after losing legs in Salvation Army building collapse," 1 June 2018 In most cases, going one of these routes means the renter can avoid having to submit pay stubs and bank records, or signing a yearlong lease. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "Finding Your First Apartment," 1 June 2018 Magic in Gasoline Alley One day after her 34th birthday, Indianapolis resident Danielle Davis brought three Indy 500 ticket stubs to the track Sunday in hopes of running into Rick Mears. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Sights and sounds away from cars make it a colorful Indianapolis 500," 27 May 2018 Now dozens of them — along with Ali quotations, fight posters, ticket stubs, magazine covers — adorn the walls of the spacious gym, with its regulation ring and punching bag. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 Her most recent pay stub showed a biweekly income of $144.65. Aaron Glantz And Emmanuel Martinez,, "Modern day redlining: How banks block people of color from homeownership," 15 Feb. 2018 The plaque — featuring new color images of Market Square Arena and a ticket stub from the June 26, 1977 show — now stands south of the Whole Foods grocery store, 320 E. Market St., along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "You can now find Elvis Presley final-concert plaque amid shiny new spots on Market Street," 26 June 2018 And more recently, the company has made certain users suspected of fraudulent activity submit photos of every ticket stub to prove they’re using their cards as intended. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "MoviePass Rival Sinemia Is in It for the Long Haul," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of continuing to flourish, the Brewers stubbed their toes in a big way, dropping two of three over the weekend at Guaranteed Rate Field to one of the worst teams in the majors. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 6, Brewers 1: String of winning series ends at six as bats go quiet in Chicago," 3 June 2018 Most people have experienced the painful, infuriating misfortune of stubbing a toe. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Is Why Stubbing Your Toe Hurts So Much," 17 Apr. 2018 Lewis has had a gun pointed at him three times and a cigarette stubbed out on his forehead once. Todd C. Frankel,, "Riding with the repo man: as auto loan defaults rise, car repossessions skyrocket," 16 May 2018 Our knees stubbed into the concrete, chipping away at our morale. Mike Kotsopoulos,, "Here’s a runner’s perspective on the Boston Marathon," 16 Apr. 2018 There is a palpable excitement, a few potential stars in the making, and the bathroom doorway in my room in the media village is equipped with the latest toe-stubbing technology. Michael Rosenberg,, "Welcome to the Olympics, as Complicated and Controversial as Ever," 9 Feb. 2018 Still, Purdue needs to get itself off the mat and get right again after stubbing its toe earlier this month. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Big Ten tournament predictions: Who's going to win it all?," 28 Feb. 2018 The Frogs started 7-0 before stubbing a toe at Iowa State to start a 3-3 stretch that included two losses to Oklahoma, one in the league championship game. Carlos Mendez, star-telegram, "Horned Frogs arrive in San Antonio with ‘one more job’ to do," 23 Dec. 2017 So if seniors have stubbed out their smokes, what are the effects of being overweight or obese? Erin Arvedlund,, "For American seniors, obesity is the new smoking," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of stub


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stub


Middle English stubb, from Old English stybb; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump, Greek stypos stem

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English Language Learners Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up

: a part of a ticket that is kept by the person who uses the ticket

: a piece of paper that is attached to a check and has information (such as the amount and the date) printed on it



English Language Learners Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put out (a cigarette) by pressing it down against something


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Kids Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short part remaining after the rest has been removed or used up a pencil stub

2 : a small part of a larger piece of printed paper (as a check or ticket) kept as a record of the purpose of the paper


stubbed; stubbing

Kids Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

: to strike (as the toe) against an object

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