stubble

noun

stub·​ble ˈstə-bəl How to pronounce stubble (audio)
often attributive
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 adjective
stubbly adjective

Examples of stubble in a Sentence

He ran his hand over his stubble.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stubble was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stubble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stubble. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stubble

noun
stub·​ble ˈstəb-əl How to pronounce stubble (audio)
1
: the stem ends of herbs and especially cereal grasses remaining attached to the ground after harvest
2
: a rough surface or growth resembling stubble
stubbly adjective

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