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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.
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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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The Valdes sisters complement the clean and linear, solid walnut Philux console with the nubby feel of grass cloth and labradorite on a brass handle.
And because this virtual office is occupied by writers, who are rarely in danger of under-thinking an issue, there's also plenty of nostalgia, for longing for the days of warm photo copies and nubby carpeting," says New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley in the book's introduction.
That meant lots of texture: nubby cowhide area rugs, soft lamb's wool accent pillows and an oversized black leather ottoman in the living room; and a white linen headboard, custom designed by Anast, in the master bedroom.
The Pulsaderm Buddy Sonic Face Brush features nubby silicone bristles to gently dislodge dirt and makeup.
The southern fish has more girth and more nubby sensory organs exposed atop its head, researchers report July 27 in PLOS ONE.
Almaz hits all the Moroccan favourites, and hits them spot-on: A pastilla, the famous crisp pastry filled with meat and topped with icing sugar and cinnamon, is dense with pigeon and nubby bites of walnut; the harrira soup is light enough to end your fast and yet full of body with lamb, pulses and vegetables.
A nubby shirt gets groovy with a sweet skirt or leather leggings.
Then, I'd push past Grace, snap my fingers around the back of that nubby little head just as I saw Jake do and wrestle the snake back into its tub before giving the all clear.
THE PEOPLE OF the Kentucky and West Virginia borderland, where Don Blankenship's family has lived for generations, have always clustered, out of tradition and necessity, along river valleys and in low-lying hollows amid the nubby Appalachian peaks.
Since the room is large, Soderlund layered a nubby gray rug over the carpet to anchor the sleeping area.
The same wool that made my doll reappeared as nubby grey and brown shawls, hats, socks and blankets.