Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rough or irregular; textured: the nubbly surface of raw silk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rough or lumpy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of nubs, knots, or protuberances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of textiles; having a rough surface

Etymologies

From nubble, a small lump (from nub; see nub) + -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
nubble +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Really, though, it's the differences that make each building: Safdie builds around a prismatic skylight that renders everything reflective and cool, Saarinen encases his geometric space in nubbly, irregular brickwork that's human and warm.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Peggy was struggling with a stout and somewhat "nubbly" piece of wood, which was slowly shaping itself under the vigorous strokes of her jack-knife.

    The Merryweathers

  • Lucy took out some number six needles and picked a small ball of nubbly orange yarn from the selection Maggie had prepared.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • Joy picked a thick, nubbly multicolored yarn that would give the bag a fiber art look.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • Cara sighed and shifted on the rough, nubbly couch cushion.

    Choker

  • A sample of one of Google's gigapixel images, provided by the Freer, suggests that users of Google Art will be able to see the faintest tracery of white paint with which the artist has made his subject's eyes glisten, as well as the nubbly, grid-like texture of the canvass underneath.

    Google Art Project: 'Street view' technology added to museums

  • Before him spread the verdant, nubbly English countryside, and with the force of epiphany it occurred to him how little he knew about the ordinary things and practices of life.

    Brass Beds and Broomsticks

  • Spelt risotto with pea shootsThere is a nubbly quality to a risotto made with pearled spelt.

    Salads and sprouting beans: spring recipes

  • Unfortunately you can't see the texture of the background fabric very well on this one - it's lovely - it looks a little nubbly in the photo, actually, but it's even better in real life.

    Be Mine...

  • His nubbly burn scars on his belly and chest shine silvery brown.

    GONE

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