Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small stunted ear of corn.
  • noun A small stunted or projecting part.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small or imperfect ear of maize.
  • noun A small lump of gold which has once been melted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Colloq. U. S. A small or imperfect ear of maize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stub, especially a stub of undeveloped corn or fruit or nipple.
  • noun informal A small protuberance, bud, bump, knob, or the like.

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

  • noun a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)

Etymologies

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

[From nub.]

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Nam Doc Mai is a strong regular flowering tree in most Australian growing regions. However, in some years, fruit set is a problem and nubbins (fruit without seed) may be produced. Nubbins are either shed during late fruit development or if held full term, will only develop, 1/2 to 3/4 the size of seeded fruit."

    - Ian Bally, Mango variety: Nam Doc Mai, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Queensland, 4 Feb 2004.

    October 4, 2009