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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
1850-1855
1850-55; perhaps diminutive of obsolete nug small piece, variant of nog2; see -et
Related forms
nuggety, adjective
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Examples from the web for nugget
  • When asked how the biscuits taste, he holds one of the grainy, chicken-nugget-sized lumps in his hand.
  • If someone had handed him a gold nugget he'd have glanced and tossed.
  • One amber nugget contained a perfectly preserved adult specimen.
  • nugget's owner has taken some of the flock's eggs to a school so the kids can see chicks hatch.
  • Once ashore, some lucky beachcomber finds the sea nugget-lucky, because ambergris costs a small fortune.
  • The nugget of the argument here is the framing fighting climate change as a way to help nature is flawed.
  • But there was an interesting nugget that hasn't been widely discussed.
  • No biographical nugget will be considered irrelevant if it serves this purpose.
  • While you can't make the headphone bands tighter or longer, they seem to fit no matter how big your nugget.
  • To find the nugget of what a particular ethic was, without getting too broad and putting things together was a challenge.
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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