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stubble

Line breaks: stub¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈstʌb(ə)l
 
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Definition of stubble in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The cut stalks of cereal plants left sticking out of the ground after the grain is harvested: fields of yellow stubble [as modifier]: stubble burning
More example sentences
  • The practice of burning stubble in the cereal region also increased soil exhaustion.
  • These ancient communities of grayish and straw-yellow stone are as mellow as the fields of stubble after harvest.
  • No-till planting into wheat stubble was the key to these excellent yields.
Synonyms
2Short, stiff hairs growing on a man’s face when he has not shaved for a while: she ran her fingers over the dark stubble on his cheeks
More example sentences
  • She giggled when their noses touched and the short stubble of his facial hair tickled her face.
  • He had short black hair and stubble, and was wearing a black cotton jacket with black trousers and white trainers.
  • He is of medium build and has dark brown hair and stubble.
Synonyms
bristles, whiskers, designer stubble, hair, facial hair, beard

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French stuble, from Latin stupla, stupula, variants of stipula 'straw'.

Derivatives

stubbled

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • He may strut about full of stubbled swagger, but the guy is only 21 and still establishing himself as France's No 10.
  • Beyond a stubbled field was the vast riverbed; then stark, pale, folded mountains.
  • I suggest all you boys rush out there and try it - there's nothing like a prickly, stubbled cheek.

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