Definition of nubbin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌbɪn/


chiefly North American
A small lump or residual part: nubbins of bone or cartilage
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  • My lump was just a lump, a pea-sized nubbin of nothing-to-worry-about.
  • Long names get worn down to three-letter nubbins like stones smoothed by a river.
  • The right postzygapophysis of the more posterior vertebra can be identified; a small nubbin of bone anterolateral to this might represent part of a cervical rib.


Late 17th century: diminutive of nub.

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