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

  • n. The usually short end remaining after something bigger has been used up: a pencil stub; a cigarette stub. See Regional Note at stob.
  • n. Something cut short or arrested in development: a stub of a tail.
  • n. The part of a check or receipt retained as a record.
  • n. The part of a ticket returned as a voucher of payment.
  • transitive v. To pull up (weeds) by the roots.
  • transitive v. To clear (a field) of weeds.
  • transitive v. To strike (one's toe or foot) against something accidentally.
  • transitive v. To snuff out (a cigarette butt) by crushing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something blunted, stunted, or cut short, such as stubble or a stump.
  • n. A piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes.
  • n. A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development.
  • n. The remaining part of the docked tail of a dog
  • n. An unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract
  • v. To remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground.
  • v. To remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots.
  • v. To jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stump of a tree; that part of a tree or plant which remains fixed in the earth when the stem is cut down; -- applied especially to the stump of a small tree, or shrub.
  • n. A log; a block; a blockhead.
  • n. The short blunt part of anything after larger part has been broken off or used up; hence, anything short and thick.
  • n. A part of a leaf in a check book, after a check is torn out, on which the number, amount, and destination of the check are usually recorded.
  • n. A pen with a short, blunt nib.
  • n. A stub nail; an old horseshoe nail; also, stub iron.
  • transitive v. To grub up by the roots; to extirpate.
  • transitive v. To remove stubs from.
  • transitive v. To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant remaining in the ground; a stump; now, especially, a short stump or projecting root of inconspicuous size.
  • n. A projection like a stump; a piece or part of something sticking out: as, a dog with only a stub of a tail; the stub of a broken tooth.
  • n. A short remaining piece of something; a terminal remnant: as, the stub of a pencil or of a cigar; a stub of candle.
  • n. A worn horseshoe-nail; a stub-nail; specifically, in the plural, nails, or bits of iron of the quality of old horseshoe-nails, used as material for gun-barrels or other articles requiring great toughness.
  • n. Something truncated, resembling a small stump, or constituting a terminal remnant.
  • n. The inner end of one of the duplicate numbered blanks in a check-book or the like, which is left in the book with a memorandum corresponding to the check or other blank which is filled out and detached; counterfoil.
  • n. Figuratively, a block: a blockhead.
  • To grub up by the roots; pull or raise the stub of; pull or raise as a stub: as, to stub a tree; to Stub up roots.
  • To clear of stubs; grub up stubs or roots from, as land.
  • To make a stub of; cut to a stub; give a truncated or stubbed appearance to; truncate: as, to stub off a post or a quill pen.
  • To ruin by extravagance.
  • To strike against something projecting from a surface; stump: as, to stub one's foot.
  • n. In railroading, any section or piece of track which ends at a station or a siding. The parallel tracks of the train-shed of a terminal station are stub-tracks.

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

  • v. clear of weeds by uprooting them
  • n. a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt
  • n. the part of a check that is retained as a record
  • n. a small piece
  • v. pull up (weeds) by their roots
  • n. a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost
  • v. extinguish by crushing
  • v. strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object
  • n. the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)


Middle English stubbe, tree stump, from Old English stybb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stubbe ("tree stump"), from Old English stybb ("tree stump") , from Proto-Germanic *stubjaz (compare Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teu-; compare steep ("sharp slope"). (Wiktionary)



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  • One time I was on a plane and a kid said "I'm stubbing my toe!" Normally, the event is so brief, you can only talk about it in the past, but somehow this child had the presence of mind to describe the trauma while still in the middle of it.

    April 17, 2015