\ ˈsnəb \
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 \ : 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

contemn, disdain, disrespect, high-hat, look down (on or upon), scorn, slight, sniff (at)

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Verb

honor, respect

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

The All-Star Game may officially be just for fun now, but that hasn’t taken any of the heat off the annual conversation on who got snubbed. Emma Baccellieri,, "All-Star Game Snubs: Blake Snell, Max Muncy and Seven Other Roster Whiffs," 8 July 2018 Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson discuss this Sunday's Tony Awards and debate who will win (and who was snubbed). Xander Zellner, Billboard, "13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Shawn Mendes Tops Billboard 200, Drake Passes Michael Jackson For Hot 100 Milestone," 9 June 2018 Sacramento has officially been snubbed for an expansion spot in Major League Soccer. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "'You have shocked the world.' Cincinnati wins Major League Soccer team ahead of Sacramento," 29 May 2018 The group was snubbed when the State Republican Executive Committee once again denied it a booth at the party’s state convention, scheduled for June in San Antonio. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Gay Republicans still call GOP home after snub, but will they vote in November?," 15 Apr. 2018 Haddish, who some felt was snubbed by the Academy for her scene-stealing role in Girls Trip, is scheduled to present an award at Sunday night's ceremony following a hilarious turn as the announcer of the nominations back in January. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Tiffany Haddish Wore an Eritrean Gown in Honor of Her Late Father to the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet," 4 Mar. 2018 Every major awards show seems to generate an inevitable list of questions: Who won? and Who was snubbed? — but also, What happened on the red carpet? Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "What the 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Says About Beauty," 8 Jan. 2018 But there was some concern that voters would snub her — yes, in this case, that’s a correct usage of the word — because of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet. Glenn Whipp,, "Emmy snubs and surprises: New faces are in, old institutions are out and Sandra Oh makes history," 12 July 2018 The show itself, though, was snubbed for best series — a cult hit out of the U.K. is easily elbowed aside by a Westworld, HBO’s big-budget showcase for androids. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the announcement had its share of snubs, too—like This Is Us' Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, and Chrissy Metz being left off the list. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's Everyone Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Awards," 12 July 2018 Last week, an FG Wahlen survey said 91 percent favor European solutions on migration, an endorsement of Merkel’s line and a snub to Bavaria’s nationalist push for unilateral border measures. Arne Delfs,, "Merkel Faces Crunch Time in Showdown on Migrant Policy," 1 July 2018 Also miffed at a snub: fit-as-a-fiddle Stormy Daniels. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday Punch: Sexy thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 5 May 2018 But snubs aside, Trump’s interest in the royal family and his desire to be associated with them has largely served his own purposes. Annie Linskey,, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018 Here are all the Emmy snubs, surprises and storylines to come out of the nominations. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 In terms of snubs, 2018 is a remarkable year for the Emmys., "The Most Perplexing, Disappointing & Surprising Emmy Snubs," 12 July 2018 The Phillies’ biggest All-Star snub: Seranthony Dominguez. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' whole is greater than sum of their parts, as All-Star voting proves | Extra Innings," 9 July 2018 Another disappointing snub: Middle Tennessee, which was set to be a popular Cinderella pick. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament bracket: Selection committee gave credit for November wins," 11 Mar. 2018

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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 \
snubbed; snubbing

Kids Definition of snub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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