verb (1)
\ ˈdəb How to pronounce dub (audio) \
dubbed; dubbing

Definition of dub

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to confer knighthood on was dubbed Sir Philip
b : to call by a distinctive title, epithet, or nickname Critics have dubbed him the new king of rock 'n' roll.
2 : to trim or remove the comb (see comb entry 1 sense 2a) and wattles of
3a golf : to hit (a ball or shot) poorly
b : to execute poorly a dubbed attempt


noun (1)

Definition of dub (Entry 2 of 5)

: one who is inept or clumsy


noun (2)

Definition of dub (Entry 3 of 5)

chiefly Scotland


verb (2)
dubbed; dubbing

Definition of dub (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to add (sound effects or new dialogue) to a film or to a radio or television production usually used with in They dubbed in the music.
2 : to provide (a motion-picture film) with a new soundtrack and especially dialogue in a different language The film was dubbed in French and Spanish.
3 : to make a new recording of (sound or videotape already recorded) also : to mix (recorded sound or videotape from different sources) into a single recording


noun (3)

Definition of dub (Entry 5 of 5)

: Jamaican music in which audio effects and spoken or chanted words are imposed on an instrumental reggae background

Synonyms for dub

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of dub

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1884, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dub

Verb (1) and Noun (1)

Middle English dubben, from Old English dubbian; akin to Old Norse dubba to dub, Old High German tubili plug

Noun (2)

Middle English (Scots) dubbe

Verb (2)

by shortening & alteration from double

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More Definitions for dub


\ ˈdəb How to pronounce dub (audio) \
dubbed; dubbing

Kids Definition of dub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a knight of
2 : name entry 2 sense 1, nickname The football player was dubbed "The Bulldozer."


dubbed; dubbing

Kids Definition of dub (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add (a different language or sound effects) to a film or broadcast



Medical Definition of DUB

dysfunctional uterine bleeding

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