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1. A protuberance or knob.
2. A small lump.
3. The essence; the core: the nub of a story.

[Variant of knub, probably from Low German knubbe, from Middle Low German, variant of knobbe.]

nub′by adj.


having small lumps or protuberances; knobbly


(ˈnʌb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
having nubs; knobby or lumpy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nubby - of textilesnubby - of textiles; having a rough surface; "a sweater knitted of nubbly homespun yarns"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
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Besides the skirts, the collection -- shown in a stadium in eastern Paris that was plunged into darkness for the occasion -- was dominated by floor-length tank dresses in nubby blacks, charcoal grays and khakis.
He sat there now, his smile retrieved (oh, ever-unflappable John), on the Keels' nubby couch.
This part of the gut absorbs critical nutrients such as protein, carbs and fats through nubby little fingers (called villi) and sends them into the bloodstream to nourish the body's cells.
Moreover, from the beginning--and for decades-Colt Commanders came with nubby little grip tangs that bit the snot out of shooters' hands.
The bright green machine, with its yellow seat and nubby black tires, sat before the jury box as defense attorney Jim Brogan disputed evidence presented against Deere and local distributor Ramsey-Waite Co.
She wore a hot pink nubby wool suit, then the height of fashion, her hair caught up in a neat French twist.
I'd lie down on my canopy bed, under my pink, nubby bedspread, and close my eyes on the white wall.