noun, often attributive
stub·​ble | \ ˈstə-bəl How to pronounce stubble (audio) \

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

Other Words from stubble

stubbled \ ˈstə-​bəld How to pronounce stubble (audio) \ adjective
stubbly \ ˈstə-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stubble (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stubble in a Sentence

He ran his hand over his stubble.
Recent Examples on the Web As suggested by the facial stubble, Asghari's Sergeant Tobias is roguishly trigger-happy and eager to take out Friar, whom Tobias believes is setting off bombs in the city. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 2 July 2022 Golden wheat stood ripe in some strips and in others it had been shorn down to its bright stubble. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022 The itchy stubble, the irritation, the nicks and cuts - no wonder beards have become trendy in recent years! Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 More subsidies for disposing of rice stubble without setting them ablaze, a yearly practice that’s blamed for contributing to the air pollution that blankets New Delhi. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 The product’s rich lather softens the stubble so that the razor shaves closer. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The lack of stubble on Rock's face in the supposedly high-quality picture also indicates that it was manipulated. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Zolkin, who wore a hoodie and had days-old stubble, sighed. Katia Savchuk, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 The street, about the length of a high school track, separates a vast Walmart parking lot from a field of soybean stubble. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stubble

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stubble

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

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“Stubble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for stubble


stub·​ble | \ ˈstə-bəl How to pronounce stubble (audio) \

Kids Definition of stubble

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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