Definition of stub in English:


Syllabification: stub
Pronunciation: /stəb


  • 1The truncated remnant of a pencil, cigarette, or similar-shaped object after use.
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    • Working by candlelight with the stub of his last pencil, he finally achieved the transformation of a humble o into the majestic 0.
    • When Amiry was writing her script, her husband hoarded her pencil stubs, revealing his secret stash in Medium of Love.
    • Are there any others out there who find comfort in the stub of pencil on a string and other mildly eccentric aspects of elections past?
    butt, (tail) endstump, remnant, (tail) end
  • 1.1A truncated or unusually short thing: he wagged his little stub of tail
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    • The second cut should be outside the first cut, all the way through the branch, leaving a short stub.
    • Deb harvests cuttings from her potted succulents, leaving short stubs of stem that can be poked through the wreath's outer layer of moss.
    • A Siamese had only a stub of a tail, a short-haired spotted cat walked strangely, with only three legs.
  • 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a projection or hole that goes only part of the way through a surface: a stub tenon
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    • Two stub walls with ample storage for china and linens loosely define the seating and dining areas.
    • The massive columns were delivered to the site with stub pieces prewelded to them, and the steel beams were bolted to those stubs.
    • Is there a minimum or maximum stub length required for Y cables?
  • 2The part of a check, receipt, ticket, or other document torn off and kept as a record.
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    • You can use ticket stubs or ribbons or receipts or photos or envelopes or napkins to mark your place in books.
    • The INS recommends that tourists bring hotel receipts and ticket stubs from sightseeing destinations and transportation.
    • Fans will also have to retain ticket stubs during the game to ensure that they are in the correct seats.
    counterfoil, ticket slip, tab

verb (stubs, stubbing, stubbed)

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  • 1Accidentally strike (one’s toe) against something: I stubbed my toe, swore, and tripped
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    • Amy cried out as she accidentally stubbed her toe on one of the wooden bedposts.
    • People are stubbing their toes and feet and falling all over.
    • I am always stubbing my toe, smashing my arms against walls, tripping over, scratching myself.
  • 2Extinguish (a lighted cigarette) by pressing the lighted end against something: she stubbed out her cigarette in the overflowing ashtray
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    • All ashtrays must be removed and provision made at the entrance to premises where cigarettes can be stubbed out.
    • The scene made Lady Peacemaker think of a giant cigarette butt being stubbed out.
    • Kienan stubbed out his cigarette in the ashtray and lit another, grimacing imperceptibly as he did.
  • 3Dig up (a plant) by the roots.


Old English stub(b) 'stump of a tree', of Germanic origin. The verb is first recorded (late Middle English) in sense 3 of the verb; sense 1 of the verb (mid 19th century) was originally a US usage.

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