\ ˈstəb How to pronounce stub (audio) \

Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 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

Noun 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 Those fans who paid for parking to Saturday’s games can use their parking stub to park at any home game the rest of the 2021 season. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 The heavy gothic font of the German original was accompanied by the ghostly script of her English translation, written with a pencil stub. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Even a typo on a pay stub is a labor law violation. Caitlyn Jenner And Tom Manzo, WSJ, 21 July 2021 But the Klamath is capable of great and terrifying things, and proof of that is just downriver from the 101 bridge: the elevated stub of Douglas Memorial Bridge, which was destroyed in 1964 by floodwaters that also swept away the center of Klamath. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 In some cases, though, the isopod drinks and drinks until the tissue begins to wither and atrophy, transforming the tongue into a stub. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 On front-wheel drive cars, this usually means replacing the stub axle as the tone ring is machined directly onto said axle. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2021 New grads can get help on matters as simple as how to read a pay stub full of abbreviations. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Those who miss the deadline can fill out a provisional ballot at the Hideout Town Hall, located at 10860 N. Hideout Trail, but will need to bring a picture identification and proof of address, such as a utility bill or paycheck stub. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city that never sleeps has always had a strong illicit cannabis market and adult-use legalization is unlikely to stub it out anytime soon. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2021 Every now and then, Don would stub his toe, and occasionally something would fall on him, but nothing very heavy. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 In a movie with a lot of speechifying — a character could stub his toe and Sorkin would give him prepared remarks — Rylance's speeches make the most sense because his Kunstler is crafting a narrative for the jury. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020 Miami is having way too much fun to stub its toe on the league’s most miserable misfits. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020 From stubbed toes to cardiac arrests, open water lifeguards are trained to act as first responders for all manner of medical emergencies that can happen at the beach, often putting them in close proximity to beach patrons. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 18 May 2020 Most people break a toe by stubbing it or dropping something on it, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, 29 Feb. 2020 Cigarettes were stubbed into the holes where a tiny pig once lived near a window molding. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2020

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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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“Stub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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


\ ˈstəb How to pronounce stub (audio) \

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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