stubble

noun, often attributive stub·ble \ ˈstə-bəl \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of stubble

1 : the basal part of herbaceous plants and especially cereal grasses remaining attached to the soil after harvest
2 : a rough surface or growth resembling stubble; especially : a short growth of beard

stubbled

play \ˈstə-bəld\ adjective

stubbly

play \ˈstə-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of stubble in a Sentence

  1. He ran his hand over his stubble.

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Origin and Etymology of stubble

Middle English stuble, from Anglo-French estuble, from Latin stupula stalk, straw, alteration of stipula — more at stipule

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STUBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

stubble

Definition of stubble for English Language Learners

  • : short hairs growing from the face of a man who has not shaved very recently

  • : the short ends of crops left in the ground after the crops have been cut down


STUBBLE Defined for Kids

stubble

noun stub·ble \ ˈstə-bəl \

Definition of stubble for Students

1 : a short growth of beard
2 : the short ends of crops and especially cereal grasses remaining attached to the ground after harvest


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