nubble

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Low German nubben (to knock, cuff).

Noun[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1712, William Wagstaffe, Crispin the Cobler's Confutation of Ben H-dley:
      if his Master went an Hair's Breadth beyond his Duty, he was a Tyrant, that it was lawful for him to Nubble him

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