stub

1 of 2

noun

1
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
5
a
: 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

stub

2 of 2

verb

stubbed; stubbing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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
The ticket stub is for the game at Ebbets Field on Oct. 6. Marc Bona, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 Others in the industry suggest that the prominence of electronic ticketing gets in the way of the face-value law because paper tickets aren’t as common and the price isn’t listed on a virtual ticket stub. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2022 Under Michigan's new preprocessing law, election workers can open the return envelopes containing absentee ballots and check that the number on the stub attached to the ballot matches the number on the envelope. Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2022 Your employer also may break out its contribution on your pay stub. CBS News, 31 Oct. 2022 Voters typically need to provide proof of residency (like a utility bill or pay stub) and ID when registering. Time, 13 Oct. 2022 Dave Grohl-handwritten setlist from the Nirvana Nevermind tour, with ticket stub (estimate £5,000-£7,000 [$5,784-$8,098]). Natasha Gural, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 They were allowed to open the absentee ballot return envelopes and verify that the number on the stub attached to the ballot matched the number on the envelope. Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 Tickets went paperless during COVID, removing a tradition college football fans still hold dear: Saving the ticket stub. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 16 Aug. 2022
Verb
Bier successfully injected the cocaine mix into Hildebrandt’s spine — so successfully, in fact, that Bier was able to stub out a cigar on his assistant, jam a needle through his thigh muscle down to the femur and smash him in the shin and testicles. Christian Millman, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2019 The Buckeyes recruit at a similar level to Alabama and Georgia and don’t tend to stub their toe against teams they’re supposed to beat. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Make sure to include your tax bill stub with your check. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of stub was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stub. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

stub

1 of 2 noun
1
2
: a pen with a short blunt point
3
: a short part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up
a pencil stub
4
a
: a small part of a check kept as a record of the contents of the check
b
: the part of a ticket returned to the user

stub

2 of 2 verb
stubbed; stubbing
1
: to put out (as a cigarette) by crushing
2
: to strike (as one's toe) against an object

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