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stub

noun \ ˈstəb \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of stub

1 a :stump 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
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

Examples of stub in a Sentence

  1. Hold onto your ticket stub in case you leave the theater and want to come back in again.

  2. an ashtray full of cigarette stubs

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Origin and Etymology of stub

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


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stub

verb

Definition of stub

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

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First Known Use of stub

15th century

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STUB Defined for English Language Learners

stub

noun

Definition of stub for English Language Learners

  • : 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


stub

verb

Definition of stub for English Language Learners

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


STUB Defined for Kids

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stub

noun \ ˈstəb \

Definition of stub for Students

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

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stub

verb

Definition of stub for Students

stubbed; stubbing
:to strike (as the toe) against an object


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