\ 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

After its snubbing at the National Book Awards ensued a heated controversy, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Time, "Toni Morrison, Seminal Author Who Stirringly Chronicled the Black American Experience, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 And since coaches don't know everything, these teams are overrated and these teams got snubbed. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "An MLB fan threw 96 MPH. He's now under contract," 4 Aug. 2019 Leading off the relay for Britain was Duncan Scott, who snubbed Sun on the podium after the 200 free for similar reasons as Horton. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land's Simone Manuel wins another world title in 100 free," 26 July 2019 Studios initially snubbed his pitches but in 2000, Arad finally persuaded Fox to make X-Men. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "How Marvel Pictures the Future, Post ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Endgame’," 17 July 2019 The list goes on: Christine Baranski was snubbed for CBS All Access’ The Good Fight (and The Good Fight wasn’t nominated in the series category either). James Hibberd,, "Emmy nominations biggest snubs and surprises," 16 July 2019 But while many might assume that the hit Netflix series was snubbed during Tuesday’s announcement, the third season actually didn’t qualify for submissions for the 71st annual awards. Natalie Stone,, "Why Stranger Things Season 3 Didn’t Get Any 2019 Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 Two years ago, when an elderly ohu man was snubbed for a seat on the village council, the ohu held a parallel ceremony to install him in the position. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 The Cincinnati snubs for the award have been well-documented. Shelby Dermer,, "Cincinnati's Mr. Football curse: Will 2019 be the year it comes to an end?," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And speaking of thriller-snubs here, Amazon's experimental half-hour entry, Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, was nowhere to be found, nor was its Oscar-winning star. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "These Are the Key Surprises and Takeaways From This Year’s Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 What were the other snubs, surprises and Motor City mentions among the nods? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Emmy nominations: Snubs, surprises and some respect for Detroit — but not Kristen Bell," 16 July 2019 James Poniewozik and Margaret Lyons, two television critics for The New York Times, conducted a brief conversation about this year’s snubs, surprises and most deserving nominees. New York Times, "What Our Critics Think of the 2019 Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 The snub and the injury pushed Skaggs during the offseason. Maria Torres,, "Mike Trout wears No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggs during AL's All-Star game win," 9 July 2019 The full list of nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are out, and as usual there were some huge snubs and genuine surprises in the lot. James Hibberd,, "Emmy nominations biggest snubs and surprises," 16 July 2019 Another takeaway from this year’s nominations (and a perennial one) is: There will be snubs. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 Here are the biggest snubs, surprises and new records set by today's nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 Melia and defender Ike Opara were glaring snubs from the 2017 MLS All-Star contest. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "13 predictions for Sporting Kansas City’s season that you can bank on | The Kansas City Star," 27 Feb. 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 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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