From Middle English stubbe ("tree stump"), from Old English stybb, stubb, from Proto-Germanic *stubbaz (compare Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tew-; compare steep.
Sense extended in Middle English to similarly shaped objects. Verb sense “strike one’s toe” is recorded 1848; “extinguish a cigarette” 1927.
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