One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small knob or lump.
nugget, nub, lump, pat, cake, ball, cube, chunk, gobbet, dollop, piece, bit, portion, wedge, hunk, bar, slabView synonyms
- ‘She had on a kind of dirty-pink - beige maybe, I don't know - bathing suit with a little nubble all over it and, what got me, the straps were down.’
- ‘There is an interesting indigenous remedy in North China for ‘zhen zhu liu’ (a string of nubbles growing one by one around someone's waist, transparent as pearls).’
Early 19th century: diminutive of nub; compare with knobble.
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