Definition of nubuck in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːbʌk/


[mass noun]
Cowhide leather that has been rubbed on the outer side of the hide to give it a feel like that of suede.
Example sentences
  • Other features include Thinsulate Ultra insulation, a stainless-steel shank for rearfoot support, and a 2mm, waterproof, Nubuck leather upper.
  • If you love long day treks on rough terrain, you'll like the Woodland's carbon-rubber Vibram sole, full-grain Nubuck leather upper, and steel shank - a group of features you don't expect at this price.
  • Yet, despite its leather origins, the Nubuck is waterproof for those arduous fall walks in the falling rain - or for chasing down your retriever in a downpour.


Early 20th century: origin obscure, perhaps a respelling of new + buck1.

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