ETYM Old Eng. stubbe, AS. stub, styb; akin to Dutch stobbe, LG. stubbe, Dan. stub, Swed. stubbe, Icel. stubbr, stubbi.
1. A short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost.
2. A torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt; SYN. ticket stub.
3. The part of a check that is retained as a record; SYN. check stub, counterfoil.