stub out


1 [stuhb]
a short projecting part.
a short remaining piece, as of a pencil, candle, or cigar.
(in a checkbook, receipt book, etc.) the inner end of each leaf, for keeping a record of the content of the part filled out and torn away.
the returned portion of a ticket.
the end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant left fixed in the ground; stump.
something having a short, blunt shape, especially a short-pointed, blunt pen.
something having the look of incomplete or stunted growth, as a horn of an animal.
Bridge. a part-score.
verb (used with object), stubbed, stubbing.
to strike accidentally against a projecting object: I stubbed my toe against the step.
to extinguish the burning end of (a cigarette or cigar) by crushing it against a solid object (often followed by out ): He stubbed out the cigarette in the ashtray.
to clear of stubs, as land.
to dig up by the roots; grub up (roots).

before 1000; (noun) Middle English stubb(e), Old English stubb tree stump; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbi; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump; (v.) late Middle English stubben to dig up by the roots, clear stumps from (land), derivative of the noun

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stub (stʌb)
1.  a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etc: a cigar stub
2.  the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc
3.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain) counterfoil the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transaction
4.  any short projection or blunted end
5.  the stump of a tree or plant
vb , stubs, stubbing, stubbed
6.  to strike (one's toe, foot, etc) painfully against a hard surface
7.  (usually foll by out) to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
8.  to clear (land) of stubs
9.  to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)
[Old English stubb; related to Old Norse stubbi, Middle Dutch stubbe, Greek stupos stem, stump]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stybb "stump of a tree," from P.Gmc. *stubjaz (cf. M.Du. stubbe, O.N. stubbr), from PIE base *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Extended in M.E. to other short, thick things. The verb sense of "strike (one's toe) against" something is first recorded 1848. Meaning "to extinguish
a cigarette" is from 1927. Stubby "short and thick" is from 1572; of persons, from 1831.
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