When you haven't shaved for a few days and you're starting to get little prickly hairs, this is an example of stubble.
- the short stumps of grain, corn, etc., collectively, left standing after harvesting
- any short, bristly growth suggestive of this: a stubble of beard
Origin of stubbleMiddle English stobil from Old French estouble, stuble from Vulgar Latin stupula, for Classical Latin stipula, stalk, stem: see stipule
- The short, stiff stalks of grain or hay remaining on a field after harvesting.
- Something resembling this material, especially the short growth of hair that eventually protrudes from the skin after shaving.
Origin of stubbleMiddle English stuble from Old French estuble from Latin stupula, stupla variant of stipula straw
(usually uncountable, plural stubbles)
Middle English stuble, from Latin stupula (“stalk, straw").