AskDefine | Define nub

Dictionary Definition



1 a small lump or protuberance [syn: nubble]
2 a small piece; "a nub of coal"; "a stub of a pencil" [syn: stub]
3 the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]

User Contributed Dictionary



Dialect knub , possibly from Low German knubbe


  1. The essence or core of something.
    What do you think is the nub of the problem?
  2. A small lump or knob.
  3. vulgar slang The clitoris.
  4. Alternative spelling of noob.

Extensive Definition

Nub or NUB may refer to:
nub in Esperanto: NUB
nub in Italian: NUB
nub in Kölsch: NUB (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

axiom, axis, bench mark, bilge, blain, bleb, blister, blob, boss, bow, bubble, bulb, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, button, cahot, cardinal point, center, center of action, center of gravity, centroid, centrum, chief thing, chine, climax, clump, condyle, convex, core, cornerstone, crisis, critical point, crux, dead center, distillate, distillation, dowel, ear, elixir, epicenter, essence, essential, essential matter, fabric, feel, finish, flange, flap, flower, focus, fundamental, gall, gist, gnarl, grain, granular texture, gravamen, great point, handle, heart, high point, hill, hub, hump, hunch, hypostasis, important thing, indentation, inner essence, issue, jog, joggle, kernel, keystone, knob, knot, knub, knur, knurl, landmark, lip, loop, lump, main point, main thing, marrow, material, material point, matter, meat, medium, medulla, metacenter, middle, milestone, mole, mountain, nap, nave, navel, nevus, nubbin, nubble, nucleus, nuts and bolts, omphalos, papilloma, peg, pile, pit, pith, pivot, pock, postulate, principle, protuberance, quid, quiddity, quintessence, real issue, rib, ridge, ring, salient point, sap, shag, short, shoulder, sine qua non, soul, spine, spirit, storm center, structure, stud, stuff, style, substance, substantive point, sum and substance, surface, surface texture, tab, texture, the bottom line, the nitty-gritty, the point, tubercle, tubercule, turning point, umbilicus, upshot, verruca, vesicle, wale, wart, weave, welt, woof
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