Definition of dubbin in English:



mass noun
  • Prepared grease used for softening and waterproofing leather.

    • ‘The skin could have an oily substance like tallow (animal fat), egg yolk or dubbin, which is a mixture of fish oil and tallow.’
    • ‘Treat your boots with leather oil or dubbin if you want to keep them supple.’
    • ‘The animal fat was used both for cooking and to make tallow for lamps and dubbin.’
    • ‘In fact we had such a good weekend we've already booked our next stay, and I'm rubbing dubbin into my walking boots as I write.’
    • ‘His comeback black leather jumpsuit has had the requisite dubbin applied.’

verbdubbins, dubbining, dubbined

[with object]
  • Apply dubbin to (leather)

    as adjective dubbined ‘a player dressed in old baggy shorts and dubbined boots’
    • ‘Perhaps they could play a board game or sing songs around a piano while mother gets the tin bath ready in front of the fire for bathtime while father smokes a pipe and dubbins his boots.’


Early 19th century alteration of dubbing, present participle of dub (sense 3).