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A gold nugget (small, compact chunk).


Probably a diminutive of dialectal nug (lump, block) +‎ -et.


  • enPR: nŭg'ət, IPA(key): /ˈnʌɡət/
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nugget (countable and uncountable, plural nuggets)

  1. (countable) A small, compact chunk or clump.
    a gold nugget
  2. (countable) A chicken nugget.
    • 2014, Laurie David, The Family Cooks
      By now, we hope you have said “no” to processed nuggets and fingers. Instead, how about taking some real chicken, tossing it with real eggs, a little tangy mustard, and a crunchy quinoa coating?
  3. (countable) A tidbit of something valuable.
    a nugget of wisdom
  4. (countable) A small piece of tasty food, a tidbit.
  5. (uncountable) A type of boot polish.
  6. (countable) A bud from the Cannabis sativa plant, especially one that is potent.
  7. (countable, slang) An inexperienced, newly trained fighter pilot.
    • 2009, Nick Scipio, Nereids:
      Jack stifled a smirk at the ensign's expressionless non-reaction. He'd been a nugget himself once, the new guy fresh from training.
  8. (computing theory) A partial description gleaned from data mining.
    • 2002, Data Mining: A Heuristic Approach (page 93)
      We have previously said that the heuristic algorithms produce good nuggets for most classes and most λ values []

Derived terms[edit]



Fast food chicken nuggets from McDonald's.


Borrowed from English nugget.


nugget m (plural nuggets)

  1. A chicken nugget.


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:nugget.