Definition of nugget in English:


Line breaks: nug¦get
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌgɪt


  • 1A small lump of gold or other precious metal found ready-formed in the earth.
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    • At one time, large nuggets of gold could be found lying on the Earth's surface.
    • The final chapter is an interesting collection of photographs of unusually shaped gold nuggets and masses.
    • In economic terms, they are the gold nuggets in the economic mine of prosperity.
  • 1.1A small chunk or lump of another substance: nuggets of meat
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    • The Little House, at 32 Waterman Street, offers young children and their parents a play area and activities as well as favourite dishes such as cheese toasties, chicken nuggets, chips and toasted muffins.
    • The company says it has already improved its chicken nuggets, which now only contain breast meat and 30 per cent less salt.
    • Good food came at a price; and more often than not, the rabble were fed on chicken nuggets and chips in a mediocre restaurant offering a ‘children's menu’.
    lump, chunk, small piece, hunk, mass, clump, wad, gobbet, globule; Scottish dod
    British informal wodge
    North American informal gob
    rare nub
  • 1.2A valuable idea or fact: nuggets of information
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    • Their paws are poised, ready to pounce on ideas and nuggets of information.
    • He is an enthusiast rather than an expert, and as such he makes an eager, engaging guide, tirelessly scattering nuggets of fact and diving with gusto into Shakespeare's writing at every opportunity.
    • Okay, now write down those valuable nuggets of wisdom, and email them to me.


mid 19th century: apparently from dialect nug 'lump', of unknown origin.

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