Etymology
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nubby (adj.)

"full of entanglements or imperfections," 1864, from nub + -y (2). Nubbly, "having numerous knobs or lumps," is from 1814.

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Definitions of nubby

nubby (adj.)
of textiles; having a rough surface;
Synonyms: homespun / nubbly / slubbed / tweedy
From wordnet.princeton.edu