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dubbin

Syllabification: dub·bin
Pronunciation: /ˈdəbən
 
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British

Definition of dubbin in English:

noun

Prepared grease used for softening and waterproofing leather.
Example sentences
  • The skin could have an oily substance like tallow (animal fat), egg yolk or dubbin, which is a mixture of fish oil and tallow.
  • Treat your boots with leather oil or dubbin if you want to keep them supple.
  • The animal fat was used both for cooking and to make tallow for lamps and dubbin.

verb (dubbins, dubbining, dubbined)

[with object] Back to top  
Apply dubbin to (leather).
Example sentences
  • Perhaps they could play a board game or sing songs around a piano while mother gets the tin bath ready in front of the fire for bathtime while father smokes a pipe and dubbins his boots.

Origin

early 19th century: alteration of dubbing, present participle of dub1 (sense 3).

Words that rhyme with dubbin

ReubendustbinJacobin

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