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Compare Low German nubben (to knock, cuff).


nubble (plural nubbles)

  1. A small knob or lump.
    • 1897, Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous, chapter 1
      Harvey saw with disgust that there were no sheets on his bed-place. He was lying on a piece of dingy ticking full of lumps and nubbles.


nubble (third-person singular simple present nubbles, present participle nubbling, simple past and past participle nubbled)

  1. (obsolete) To beat or bruise with the fist.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for nubble in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)