Definition of stub noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stʌb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stʌb//
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  1. 1a short piece of a cigarette, pencil, etc. that is left when the rest of it has been used
  2. 2the small part of a ticket, cheque, etc. that you keep as a record when you have given the main part to somebody
  3. Word OriginOld English stub(b) ‘stump of a tree’, of Germanic origin. The verb is first recorded (late Middle English) in the sense ‘to pull a plant up by the roots’; the current verb sense (mid 19th cent.) was originally a US usage.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stub

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