Definition of dubbin in English:


Line breaks: dub¦bin
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌbɪn


[mass noun]
  • Prepared grease used for softening and waterproofing leather.
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    • 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)

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  • Apply dubbin to (leather): (as adjective dubbined) a player dressed in old baggy shorts and dubbined boots
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    • 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.


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

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