adjective (nubbier; -est) Etymology: nub + 1-y Date: circa 1876 1. having or being like nubbles 2. having nubs <
a nubby knit fabric

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  • nubby — (adj.) 1876, from NUB (Cf. nub) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nubby — [nub′ē] adj. nubbier, nubbiest covered with small nubs, or lumps; having a rough, knotted surface; nubbly nubbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • nubby — 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

  • nubby — /nub ee/, adj. nubbier, nubbiest. having nubs; knobby or lumpy. Also, knubby, nubbed, knubbed. [1875 80; NUB + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • nubby — adjective knobbly …   Wiktionary

  • nubby — Synonyms and related words: burled, gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knobby, knoblike, knotted, knotty, knurled, knurly, nappy, nodal, noded, nodiform, nodular, nodulated, noduled, nubbled, nubbly, pily, pitted, shaggy, studded, torose, tubercular,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nubby — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. lumpy, knotted, studded, knobbed, textured. ANT.: smooth, slick …   English dictionary for students

  • nubby — adj. having nubs; coarse, granular …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nubby — (also nubbly) adjective chiefly US (of fabric) coarse or knobbly in texture. Origin C19: derivative of nubble …   English new terms dictionary

  • nubby — nub·by …   English syllables

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