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

  • n. A small, solid lump, especially of gold.
  • n. A small compact portion or unit: nuggets of information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, compact chunk or clump.
  • n. A tidbit of something valuable.
  • n. A type of boot polish.
  • n. A bud from the Cannabis sativa plant. Usually implies dankness.
  • n. : (countable, slang) An inexperienced, newly trained fighter pilot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lump; a mass, esp. a native lump of a precious metal.
  • n. Something of value, usually found among many other less valuable things; -- often used figuratively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To steal or appropriate the unbranded calves of (one's neighbors).
  • n. A lump; a mass; especially, one of the larger lumps of native gold found in alluvial deposits or placer-mines.
  • n. A thick-set, strong, young horse.
  • n. A lump of tobacco.

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

  • n. a solid lump of a precious metal (especially gold) as found in the earth


Perhaps diminutive of English dialectal nug, lump.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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