Definition of dubbin in English:

dubbin

noun

British
  • [mass noun] Prepared grease used for softening and waterproofing leather.

    dub
    • ‘The animal fat was used both for cooking and to make tallow for lamps and dubbin.’
    • ‘His comeback black leather jumpsuit has had the requisite dubbin applied.’
    • ‘Treat your boots with leather oil or dubbin if you want to keep them supple.’
    • ‘The skin could have an oily substance like tallow (animal fat), egg yolk or dubbin, which is a mixture of fish oil and tallow.’
    • ‘In fact we had such a good weekend we've already booked our next stay, and I'm rubbing dubbin into my walking boots as I write.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Apply dubbin to (leather)

    ‘a player dressed in old baggy shorts and dubbined boots’
    • ‘Perhaps they could play a board game or sing songs around a piano while mother gets the tin bath ready in front of the fire for bathtime while father smokes a pipe and dubbins his boots.’

Origin

Early 19th century: alteration of dubbing, present participle of dub.

Pronunciation:

dubbin

/ˈdʌbɪn/