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  • adj. knobbly

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of entanglements or imperfections; lumpy: as, dirty, nubby cotton.

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

  • adj. of textiles; having a rough surface


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  • "I believe it looks kind of nubby," encouraged the Angel, backing away, with her face all screwed into a twist in an effort to intensify her vision.


  • In no time it was nude, like a plucked chicken, its skin nubby and goose-pimply, as though without its feathers it had caught a chill.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • A kaftan that appeared to have been made from a starched white menswear shirt and a nubby, pointy-hooded robe-dress had a rugged Berber feel, while a quilted vest seemed to look to the Mongolian highlands for inspiration.

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  • A salmon-colored sweatshirt for men treated to look faded and nubby jackets were meant to evoke Los Angeles' laid-back, lived-in vibe.

    Resort Wear from Calvin Klein, Jason Wu and Marc by Marc Jacobs

  • Now available online, the Google Art reproduction makes it possible to see the faintest trace of white paint Whistler used to make his subject's eyes glisten, as well as the nubby, gridlike texture of the canvas underneath.

    National Treasures: Google Art Project unlocks riches of world's galleries

  • I was wearing running shoes, a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, and a blue, nubby fleece, and when I heard about my luggage, I began to sob uncontrollably--at the gate, and when I sat down in the plane and stared out at the bleak London sky, wiping my nose on my sleeve.

    The Reporter's New Clothes

  • None are of my family; I don't think June knows where I keep the nubby blue cloth albums that chronicle my childhood.


  • “Petite, blond, elegant in a nubby suit, a vaguely patrician accent hinting at her Harvard Law School and Smith College education, Jane Harman has a polished, camera-ready exterior, but an inner core of grit, discipline, and unquenched ambition,” a profiler once wrote in Mother Jones.

    Jane Harman’s resignation is CIA’s loss

  • You spent your childhood in nubby pajamas, eating Velveeta straight from the pot, avoiding chainsmoke, so I just nodded and said Jesus and tried not to let on that half a million for a beautiful home within walking distance to a city was actually kind of reasonable.

    A Bridge Is A Stupid Fucking Place To Take A Girl

  • The Times Squaring of visual life today, where intense-colored electric light in complex configurations is as common as a city street corner, can, of course, make acrylic paint on nubby canvas seem dull.

    Familiarity Does Little to Excite


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