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nugget

[nuhg-it] /ˈnʌg ɪt/
noun
1.
a lump of something, as of precious metal.
2.
a lump of native gold.
3.
anything of great value, significance, or the like:
nuggets of wisdom.
4.
a bite-size piece of chicken, fish, etc., usually batter-fried.
5.
Welding. (in a spot-weld) the metal fused.
6.
Australian.
  1. a powerful, heavy animal.
  2. a strong, thickset man.
Origin of nugget
1850-1855
1850-55; perhaps diminutive of obsolete nug small piece, variant of nog2; see -et
Related forms
nuggety, adjective
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  • You have promised me ever so long that I should be the first to show Firm the nugget.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • Keith's smile broadened as he was handed this nugget of wisdom.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Randy and nugget wanted to break camp at once, and Clay was more than inclined to side with them.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • The sheriff burst in the door with nugget McDermott close behind.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • "See here, nugget, you don't believe anything of the sort," said Ned.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • Wal, I reckon I'd like tew have a look at that nugget an' map.

    The Cave of Gold Everett McNeil
  • The author has a nugget from the same locality weighing about 1½ oz.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for nugget

nugget

/ˈnʌɡɪt/
noun
1.
a small piece or lump, esp of gold in its natural state
2.
something small but valuable or excellent
Word Origin
C19: origin unknown

Nugget

/ˈnʌɡɪt/
noun
1.
trademark shoe polish
verb
2.
(transitive; sometimes not capital) (informal) to shine (shoes)
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Word Origin and History for nugget
n.

1852, "lump of gold," probably from southwestern England dialectal nug "lump," of unknown origin [OED]. Another theory is that it is from a misdivision of an ingot. Transferred sense is from 1859.

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