Definitions

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

  • n. The short, stiff stalks of grain or hay remaining on a field after harvesting.
  • n. Something resembling this material, especially the short growth of hair that eventually protrudes from the skin after shaving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. short, coarse hair, especially on a man’s face.
  • n. the short stalks left in a field after crops have been harvested.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stumps of wheat, rye, barley, oats, or buckwheat, left in the ground; the part of the stalk left by the scythe or sickle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lower ends of grain-stalks, collectively, left standing in the ground when the crop is cut; the covering of a harvested field of grain.
  • n. Something resembling or analogous to stubble, especially a short rough beard, or the short hair on a cropped head. See stubbly.
  • n. Same as stubble-cane.

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

  • n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
  • n. short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days

Etymologies

Middle English stuble, from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, stupla, variant of stipula, straw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English stuble, from Latin stupula ("stalk, straw"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If I have on the right (or, I guess, wrong) sort of underwear, the stubble is like Velcro and I have to rip my undies off every time I go to the bathroom.

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  • I definitely think stubble is the way to go for him.

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  • Price: 3,500,000 Euro ckolderup oh no, semantic polysemy! we've never had to deal with that before! csessums patched with rat stubble from a barber's dust pan cwaxler civil case Tiffany brought against eBay drothschild iT WAS A QUEER, SULTRY SUMMER, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York jessamyn Personally, I'm after the uncontrolled growth of pubic hair.

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  • OR amount of stubble is proportionate to job satisfaction. who wants to work somewhere that makes shave. you might as well say employablity is proportionate to cost of your tie/suit instead of saying casual attire/comfortablity of dress is proportionate to job satisfaction

    The Man? I don't work for him. I AM him.

  • [Page 49] poor souls were driven forth to gather in stubble for mixing with their clay; and yet how they were required to give in as large a tale of bricks at the end of each day's work as if the straw had been duly provided.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • When the stubble is driven by the wind it will rest, at last, under some hedge, in some ditch or other; but he prays that they might not only be driven away as stubble, but burnt up as stubble.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • Cary Grant with two week’s worth of stubble is a drunken bum.

    Time catches up with all of us, even Cary Grant

  • The way you’d be covered in stubble and unwashed to the point where you can smell your own skin.

    duh pookie

  • Burning the stubble is the easiest and cheapest way to clear the land and put potassium into the soil.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • And I will scatter them as stubble, which is carried away by the wind in the desert.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Old Testament — Part 2

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