Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

snub

play
transitive verb \ˈsnəb\

Simple Definition of snub

  • : to ignore (someone) in a deliberate and insulting way

  • : to not accept or attend (something) as a way to show disapproval

Full Definition of snub

snubbedsnub·bing

  1. 1 :  to check or stop with a cutting retort :  rebuke

  2. 2a :  to check (as a line) suddenly while running out especially by turning around a fixed object (as a post or a cleat); also :  to check the motion of by snubbing a line <snub the anchor>b :  to restrain the action of :  suppress <snub a vibration>

  3. 3 :  to treat with contempt or neglect <snub an old acquaintance>

  4. 4 :  to extinguish by stubbing <snub out a cigarette>

Examples of snub

  1. She snubbed me in the hallway.

  2. He snubbed their job offer.

  3. They deliberately snubbed the meeting.



Origin of snub

Middle English snibben, snubben, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snubba to scold, Swedish dialect snubba to reproach, cut off


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with snub


2

snub

noun

Definition of snub

  1. :  an act or an instance of snubbing; especially :  slight



Examples of snub

  1. <he tolerated the snubs from his in-laws because the holidays come but once a year, thankfully>



14th Century

First Known Use of snub

14th century


3

snub

adjective

Definition of snub

  1. 1 or snubbed play \ˈsnəbd\ :  blunt, stubby <a snub nose>

  2. 2 :  used in snubbing <snub line>

snub·ness noun


1724

First Known Use of snub

1724



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up snub? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ