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



    BrE BrE//ˈstʌbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌbl//
    [uncountable] Growing crops, Facial hair
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  1. 1 the lower short stiff part of the stems of crops such as wheat that are left in the ground after the top part has been cut and collected There was a mouse hiding in the stubble. See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2the short stiff hairs that grow on a man’s face when he has not shaved recently He had a two-day growth of dark stubble on his chin. See related entries: Facial hair
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French stuble, from Latin stupla, stupula, variants of stipula ‘straw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stubble