nub
noun Etymology: alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe Date: 1727 1. knob, lump 2. nubbin 3. gist, point <
the nub of the problem
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  • nub — [nʌb] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Low German knubbe] 1.) the nub of the problem/matter/argument etc the main point of a problem etc ▪ The real nub of the matter is money. 2.) a small rounded piece of something, especially a piece… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Nub — Nub, v. t. [Cf. {Knob}.] To push; to nudge; also, to beckon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nub — Nub, n. A jag, or snag; a knob; a protuberance; also, the point or gist, as of a story. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nub — [ nʌb ] noun count the most basic or essential part of something: The real nub of the problem is public indifference …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nub — [n1] core, gist basic, bottom line*, crux, essence, heart*, kernel, meat*, meat and potatoes*, nitty gritty*, nubbin, nucleus, pith, point, short, substance, upshot; concepts 661,682,826 Ant. exterior, outside nub [n2] bump, knot bulge, knob,… …   New thesaurus

  • nub — ► NOUN 1) (the nub) the crux or central point of a matter. 2) a small lump or protuberance. DERIVATIVES nubby adjective. ORIGIN apparently from dialect knub protuberance , from Low German …   English terms dictionary

  • nub — [nub] n. [var. of knub, for KNOB] 1. a) a knob or lump b) a small piece ☆ 2. Informal the point of a story or gist of a matter …   English World dictionary

  • nub — (n.) knob, lump, bump, 1590s, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of KNOB (Cf. knob). Figurative meaning point, gist first recorded 1834 …   Etymology dictionary

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