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  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-5 language code for Nubian languages.


Etymology 1[edit]

Either directly from Middle Low German, or from knub, from a Middle Low German word (compare Low German Knubbel, Knobbel (knot; lump)). Compare knob.


  • IPA(key): /nʌb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌb


nub (plural nubs)

  1. (obsolete) The innermost section of a chrysalis in a silk cocoon.
  2. A small lump or knob.
  3. The essence or core of an issue, argument etc.
    Synonyms: crux, gist; see also Thesaurus:gist
    What do you think is the nub of the problem?
    • 1897, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], How to Tell a Story:
      Here the narrator bursts into explosion after explosion of thunderous horse-laughter, repeating that nub from time to time through his gaspings and shriekings and suffocatings.
    • 2000, Bill Oddie, Gripping Yarns, page 115:
      But surely the males are no problem? we're approaching the nub.
  4. (slang) The clitoris.
    • 2007, Melissa MacNeal, Hot for It[1], →ISBN, page 198:
      “ — and then rub her nub with the bridge of your nose, right where the nerve will drive her straight to the ceiling!”
    • 2008, Arianna Hart, A Man for Marley[2], →ISBN, page 82:
      When he used his fingers to rub her nub, he didn't have to wait anymore. She exploded for the second time that morning,...
    • 2010, Beverly Rae, Wild Cat[3], →ISBN, page 81:
      He stroked her, using her movements to increase the pressure on her nub, catching her between his fingers.
  5. (computing, colloquial) A pointing stick.


nub (third-person singular simple present nubs, present participle nubbing, simple past and past participle nubbed)

  1. (baseball) To hit the ball weakly.
  2. To push; to nudge.
  3. To beckon.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant spelling of noob.



nub (plural nubs)

  1. (Internet slang) Alternative spelling of noob.
    He can't even make himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? What a nub.




From English noob, from newbie.


nub m

  1. (slang, chiefly Kosovo) newbie, amateur