• WordNet 3.6
    • n nubble a small lump or protuberance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Nubble To beat or bruise with the fist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nubble A nub. The name nubble is applied to a rocky promontory on the coast of Maine, at York.
    • nubble To beat or bruise with the fist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Nubble nub′l to beat with the fist.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. nubben, to knock, cuff


In literature:

He was lying on a piece of dingy ticking full of lumps and nubbles.
""Captains Courageous"" by Rudyard Kipling
The song says 'Cod Lead Nubble.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
I niver seed no good in makin' Troy fash'nubble mysel'.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He was at the spring every day and boarded at the house of a neighbor, named Murch, who lived nearer to Nubble Hill than we did.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
But he did not wash any gems out of his shock of little nubbly curls.
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
Kit Nubbles is a humbler hero, but he is a hero; when he is good he is very good.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
Her bed of life from childhood had been nubbly.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
She had only one protector besides her grandfather, and that was a big, awkward boy named Christopher Nubbles, called Kit for short.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Can't, till we pass those nubbles on the starboard bow.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
Nubble, The, not Savage Rock, 120.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake