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knub

[nuhb] /nʌb/
noun
1.
nub.
Origin of knub
in modern use probably spelling variant, influenced by knob; cf. nub

nub

or knub

[nuhb] /nʌb/
noun
1.
the point, gist, or heart of something.
2.
a knob or protuberance.
3.
a lump or small piece:
a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
4.
a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.
Origin
1585-95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob
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British Dictionary definitions for knub

nub

/nʌb/
noun
1.
a small lump or protuberance
2.
a small piece or chunk
3.
the point or gist: the nub of a story
4.
a small fibrous knot in yarn
Derived Forms
nubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbeknob
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Word Origin and History for knub
n.

"small lump," 1560s, probably cognate with Low German knubbe "knot, knob," Danish knub "block, log, stump" (cf. knob).

nub

n.

"knob, lump, bump," 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.

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