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[nuhb] /nʌb/
the point, gist, or heart of something.
a knob or protuberance.
a lump or small piece:
a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.
Also, knub.
Origin of nub
1585-95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nub
  • Its long, leathery neck can stretch to the length of a baseball bat or recoil to a wrinkled nub.
  • It features a soft rubber nub so it won't defile your screen.
  • She could, if she concentrated, recall the exact pressure of his tongue and teeth on her nub of flesh.
  • Here was the nub of their quarrel: subversion versus corruption.
  • By the time the host's tongue is a nub the parasite becomes a stand-in.
  • Stick your hand in the cage and you are likely to draw back a nub.
  • Turn your cell nub into a perfect nightclub accessory.
  • The nub of the legal argument came down to the point about connection.
  • The nub of the territorial dispute has narrowed down to the blocks' size.
  • When she cuts to the nub of something and laughs infectiously, you can see why her friends consider her such good company.
British Dictionary definitions for nub


a small lump or protuberance
a small piece or chunk
the point or gist: the nub of a story
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 nub

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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