Definition of dubbin in English:

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dubbin

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌbɪn/
British

noun

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: dub¦bin

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