Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nub. The name nubble is applied to a rocky promontory on the coast of Maine, at York.
- To beat or bruise with the fist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To beat or bruise with the fist.
- n. a small lump or protuberance
- Compare Low German nubben to knock, cuff. (Wiktionary)
“For example, I bought the DVD of "Chariots of Fire" as my VHS was worn to a nubble.”
“That tallest blue pine, that nubble of grasses in the upland meadow, that outcrop of granite.”
“She breathed on a penny, placed it on the nubble, before wrapping the napkin round.”
“A round nubble about 14 mile in diameter, of sharp, rocky bottom having about 40 fathoms over it.”
“And noo I am thinking ye'll een let the puir mon in the dock just gae free; and pit my laird, his greece, the nubble duk ', intil the prisoner's place.”
““See that,” she said, and of course he did, for he was gawping and blinking at it, the nubble out of the babba’s belly.”
“a while, and ketch me a mess o 'brook-trout, but as for tinkerin' over the roads -- why, that artis 'that was down here three months las' summer, paintin 'a couple o' Leezur's sheep eatin 'rock-weed off'n a nubble, said 't our roads was picturusque.”
“That little nubble almost west, sticking up so black against the sunset's Seal Island.”
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