Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small stunted ear of corn.
  • n. A small stunted or projecting part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stub, especially a stub of undeveloped corn or fruit or nipple.
  • n. A small protuberance, bud, bump, knob, or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small or imperfect ear of maize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small or imperfect ear of maize.
  • n. A small lump of gold which has once been melted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)

Etymologies

From nub.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I mean, i've had better nubbins but still, the nubbin is the most coveted part.

    I ate this cookie..

  • I took a poll on my website, and now think this nubbin is ….

    You gonna eat that? Random musings on food and life in Orange County, California » 2005 » September

  • Anyway, a 10-point buck, an 8-point buck, and a nubbin were all hanging out on a field-edge one fall evening, nibbling grass and plucking acorns off a tree.

    Some Weekend Deer Humor

  • - Added a nubbin to the transfer tray (a nubbin is the little thing you select to drag) - Check downloads to see whether it is dangerous before previewing

    Betanews

  • He took it to bed with him in the loft and read till his 'nubbin' of candle burned out.

    The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • I was pleased to see that the thumb safety was styled after the GI "nubbin" safety, and the lanyard looped mainspring housing was steel.

    Xavier Thoughts

  • - she's missing her delete button (I just have a rubber 'nubbin' where the button once was) - the metallic finish to the right of the track-pad has been worn through to black speckles

    Weddingbee

  • Sun, 11th Oct 2009 11: 06 am if your laptop has what I call a "nubbin" (the mouse dot thingy in the keyboard) odds are it is old and wont play much (not even the Halo beta) … go for Red alert 2 and the original Sims and other things around that era cos it wont be capable of much else and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a

    Mywebblogs.com Master Site Feed

  • Bimeby they wa'n't no stick left — only a nubbin, about four inches long, an 'it was Rocky's turn.

    THE END OF THE STORY

  • Vercingetorix: And the familiar nubbin at last comes out, after how many comments?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Competing Explanations for the Oppressive Nature of Socialism

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  • "Nam Doc Mai is a strong regular flowering tree in most Australian growing regions. However, in some years, fruit set is a problem and nubbins (fruit without seed) may be produced. Nubbins are either shed during late fruit development or if held full term, will only develop, 1/2 to 3/4 the size of seeded fruit."
    - Ian Bally, Mango variety: Nam Doc Mai, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Queensland, 4 Feb 2004.

    October 4, 2009