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[stuhb-uh l] /ˈstʌb əl/
Usually, stubbles. the stumps of grain and other stalks left in the ground when the crop is cut.
such stumps collectively.
any short, rough growth, as of beard.
Origin of stubble
1250-1300; Middle English stuble < Old French estuble < Vulgar Latin *stupula, Latin stipula stipule
Related forms
stubbled, stubbly, adjective
unstubbled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stubble
  • He was wearing a white shirt, brown pants and a stubble of gray beard.
  • He is pale, unshaven, and his stubble is flecked with white.
  • Suits are rumpled, stubble is visible, eyes are baggy.
  • She had plucked the hairs with crude tweezers, but the stubble grew back sharper still.
  • Depending on the season, the riverbanks are golden with the stubble of past harvests or sheathed in the moist green of new crops.
  • Gigante showed up in casual clothes and a windbreaker and several days' worth of stubble on his face.
  • The stubble has become fuzz, which has become full-grown volleyball.
  • Nor is it fun to flick beard stubble that has fallen on your toothbrush.
  • We swoop low over a stubble field, scattering a flock of emus.
  • Rod was covered with stubble and silt from the river, and he had zinc oxide smeared all over his lips.
British Dictionary definitions for stubble


  1. the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
  2. (as modifier): a stubble field
any bristly growth or surface
Derived Forms
stubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, variant of stipula stalk, stem, stubble
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Word Origin and History for stubble

c.1300, "stumps of grain stalks left in the ground after reaping," from Old French estuble "stubble" (French éteule), from Latin stupla, reduced form of stipula "stalk, straw;" related to stipes "trunk, stick." Applied from c.1600 to bristles on a man's unshaven face.

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