hobnail

hobnail

[hob-neyl]
noun
1.
a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
2.
a small allover pattern consisting of small tufts, as on fabrics, or of small studs, as on glass.

Origin:
1585–95; hob1 + nail

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hobnail (ˈhɒbˌneɪl)
 
n
a.  a short nail with a large head for protecting the soles of heavy footwear
 b.  (as modifier): hobnail boots
 
[C16: from hob1 (in the archaic sense: peg) + nail]
 
'hobnailed
 
adj

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hobnail
1594, the first element probably identical with hob "rounded peg or pin used as a mark or target in games" (1589), of unknown origin. See hob.
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