Definition of nugget in English:


Syllabification: nug·get
Pronunciation: /ˈnəɡət


1A small lump of gold or other precious metal found ready-formed in the earth.
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  • At one time, large nuggets of gold could be found lying on the Earth's surface.
  • The final chapter is an interesting collection of photographs of unusually shaped gold nuggets and masses.
  • In economic terms, they are the gold nuggets in the economic mine of prosperity.
1.1A small chunk or lump of another substance: tiny nuggets of chicken and shrimp
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  • The Little House, at 32 Waterman Street, offers young children and their parents a play area and activities as well as favourite dishes such as cheese toasties, chicken nuggets, chips and toasted muffins.
  • The company says it has already improved its chicken nuggets, which now only contain breast meat and 30 per cent less salt.
  • Good food came at a price; and more often than not, the rabble were fed on chicken nuggets and chips in a mediocre restaurant offering a ‘children's menu’.
lump, nub, chunk, piece, hunk, wad, gobbet
informal gob
1.2A valuable idea or fact: nuggets of information
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  • Their paws are poised, ready to pounce on ideas and nuggets of information.
  • He is an enthusiast rather than an expert, and as such he makes an eager, engaging guide, tirelessly scattering nuggets of fact and diving with gusto into Shakespeare's writing at every opportunity.
  • Okay, now write down those valuable nuggets of wisdom, and email them to me.


mid 19th century: apparently from dialect nug 'lump', of unknown origin.




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