\ ˈsnəb How to pronounce snub (audio) \
snubbed; snubbing

Definition of snub

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to check or stop with a cutting retort : rebuke
2a : to check (something, such as a line or chain that is running out) suddenly especially by turning around a fixed object (such 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 : to treat with contempt or neglect snub an old acquaintance
4 : to extinguish by stubbing snub out a cigarette



Definition of snub (Entry 2 of 3)

: an act or an instance of snubbing especially : slight



Definition of snub (Entry 3 of 3)

1 or snubbed \ ˈsnəbd How to pronounce snubbed (audio) \ : blunt, stubby a snub nose
2 : used in snubbing snub line

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Other Words from snub


snubness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snub

Synonyms: Verb

cold-shoulder, cut, high-hat, slight, stiff, stiff-arm

Synonyms: Noun

brush-off, cold shoulder, rebuff, repulse, silent treatment

Antonyms: Noun

open arms

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Examples of snub in a Sentence


She snubbed me in the hallway. He snubbed their job offer. They deliberately snubbed the meeting.


he tolerated the snubs from his in-laws because the holidays come but once a year, thankfully
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Sport mode, the CLS chassis movements were really quite snubbed down. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS: A Move Toward Electrification," 3 Aug. 2018 This marks Hanks’ second year being snubbed after the Academy looked the other way for his performance in Sully. Ale Russian,, "James Franco Out! Greta Gerwig In! Biggest Surprises and Snubs of 2018 Oscar Nominations," 23 Jan. 2018 Davis, the thought went, was snubbing Cattrall with her photo at best, throwing shade at worst. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Sex and the City," 19 Sep. 2018 In another scene, the male protagonist’s mother purchases a swanky London hotel after being snubbed by its management. Shan Li, WSJ, "China Isn’t Crazy At All About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’," 5 Dec. 2018 And will RuPaul's Drag Race take home the award after being snubbed last year? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here’s Exactly How to Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards Online," 17 Sep. 2018 President Trump reportedly got royally snubbed on his recent visit to the UK. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Prince William Reportedly Refused to Meet with Donald Trump," 16 July 2018 The French international was overlooked by Didier Deschamps for this summer's World Cup, although his decision to snub a place on the reserve list for the tournament sparked outrage across the country., "Tottenham Set to Rival Arsenal in Pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain Midfielder Adrien Rabiot," 3 July 2018 Critics and friends alike read the latest Trump move to snub yet another international institution as a sign that U.S. was jettisoning its reputation as a key defender of human rights and self-inflicting a blow to its international image. Jamey Keaten,, "Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of U.S. walkout from U.N. Human Rights Council," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year's biggest movie snubs were not in the Best Picture category, but in Documentary Feature. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 Other snubs this year include no love for Nathan Lane, who won a statue last year for his ferocious performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America and is giving an expert comic turn this season in Gary. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 Both royal couples posted about the outing on their respective social media channels, so save us any snub conspiracy theories on that front, too. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Secretly Visited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Easter," 26 Apr. 2019 There are more snubs worth mentioning like Joey Harrington–led 2001 Oregon, which finished fourth despite a late push to crack the top two, or the 2009 Boise State team that rolled to a 14–0 season but hit a ceiling of sixth in the rankings. Will Mccollister,, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018 Mattis’ visit comes after the Pentagon disinvited China’s military from a major naval exercise in the Pacific, a snub meant to protest the island buildup. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Under Trump, America's influence in the western Pacific may be on the decline," 29 June 2018 The embassy celebration was widely considered a snub by the Palestinians. Anne Flaherty And Catherine Lucey,, "Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns," 14 May 2018 An honorable mention goes to a big snub in this category—no, not Bradley Cooper but Ryan Coogler, the mastermind behind Black Panther. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Should Win at the Oscars vs. Who Will Win," 20 Feb. 2019 The repercussions of this snub are potentially disastrous. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of snub


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snub


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

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English Language Learners Definition of snub

: to ignore (someone) in a deliberate and insulting way
: to not accept or attend (something) as a way to show disapproval


\ ˈsnəb How to pronounce snub (audio) \
snubbed; snubbing

Kids Definition of snub

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: to ignore or treat rudely on purpose



Kids Definition of snub (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or an instance of ignoring or treating rudely on purpose

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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