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

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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 The blades are designed to cut long hairs, pesky flat-laying hairs and short stubble in just a few strokes. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 27 May 2021 This helps to avoid rough stubble and help keep skin smoother, longer. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 May 2021 In a series of interviews in the months following Haron’s shooting, Abu Aram, who at 51 has white stubble and is missing a few teeth, and his wife, Faresah, 47, detailed the growing pressures of the Israeli occupation on his family. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 9 May 2021 Layout blinds can work great in a field if there’s enough stubble to hide them. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 22 Feb. 2021 Selecting a field with ample grass or stubble is the first step in getting the hide right, but that doesn’t automatically mean you will be hidden. Joe Weimer, Outdoor Life, 22 Feb. 2021 Schick released The Stubble Eraser as part of the relaunch, a razor designed to shave up to seven days of stubble. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 8 Feb. 2021 Using shaving lotion or electric pre-shave lotion will get you closer to the skin, while diligent cleaning of the machine and keeping it fully charged to ensure maximum power when in use will help decrease the length of residual stubble. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, 18 Dec. 2020 The machines include a shredder that breaks down rice stubble and mulches it into the ground and a seed drill – called the Happy Seeder – that follows to sow wheat through the mulch. Rina Saeed Khan, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Stubble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stubble

: 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


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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