\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, dis (also diss) [slang], disdain, disrespect, high-hat, look down (on or upon), scorn, slight, sniff (at), snoot

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

While that normally might seem unfathomable, last year the Academy snubbed Oprah Winfrey so simply being a big name may just not be enough if the project isn't also extremely buzzy in this time of peak TV. Danielle Turchiano,, "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises," 12 July 2018 President Dwight Eisenhower snubbed him, and shuffled Mr. Castro off to meet with then-Vice President Richard Nixon. WSJ, "History Shows Peril and Promise of Trump-Kim Summit," 2 Apr. 2018 But the ninth-season comedy was snubbed for the first time as an outstanding comedy series nominee, as well as all acting categories. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Emmy nominations 2018: The most shocking snubs," 12 July 2018 Fortunately, the answer is quite simple and much less devastating for fans who may have thought the show had been unfairly snubbed. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Why 'Pose' Didn't Receive Any Emmy Award Nominations," 12 July 2018 Then, yes, dude was snubbed, even after going on an apology tour for tousling Donald Trump’s hair. Glenn Whipp,, "Emmy snubs and surprises: New faces are in, old institutions are out and Sandra Oh makes history," 12 July 2018 Aguilar snubbed Jesus Aguilar began the season as a back-up first baseman but now is the center of the Brewers’ offense, hitting .306 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI. Paul Sullivan,, "Fans aren't only ones making questionable All-Star selections," 9 July 2018 The Bundesliga giants are closing in on the €5.5m signing of DFB-Pokal winner Marius Wolf from Eintracht Frankfurt, with the 23-year-old said to be snubbing interest from Leipzig and Roma to secure a move to North Rhine-Westphalia., "Arsenal €3m Off Dortmund Star's Valuation as Gunners Edge Closer to First Summer Signing," 28 May 2018 Why snub Cape Canaveral in Florida, which is traditionally the launch site for interplanetary missions? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gun, a Smith & Wesson snub-nosed revolver, has three distinct scratches on its barrel, police said. Laura Mcknight,, "Watch man steal gun from unlocked vehicle in New Orleans East," 31 Jan. 2018 Analysis: Nicholas Castellanos is an All-Star snub. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Francisco Liriano's trade value plummets in Detroit Tigers 10-9 loss," 9 July 2018 As usual, there were some notable snubs — with several changes surely coming due to injuries and withdrawals. Jay Cohen,, "Mike Trout leads stellar AL outfield for All-Star Game," 9 July 2018 There was no public comment Sunday by Ghani or other government officials on the Taliban snub. Washington Post, "Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed cease-fire extension," 18 June 2018 Just as Leonard’s injury did not occur because of one bad fall, his desire to leave didn’t form due to one snub, or one remark, or one idea whispered into his ear by one friend. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In Spurs’ saga, explanations remain elusive," 4 July 2018 Mitt Romney on Saturday suffered a disappointing but ultimately meaningless snub from grassroots Republicans when delegates to the state party convention declined to endorse his bid for U.S. Senate. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "How hard will McCarthy go against Mueller?," 23 Apr. 2018 Read on for the biggest surprises and snubs from the 2018 Academy Award nominations. Ale Russian,, "James Franco Out! Greta Gerwig In! Biggest Surprises and Snubs of 2018 Oscar Nominations," 23 Jan. 2018 As with every year, this year’s field of nominees brought its share of snubs and surprises. Mike Scott,, "2018 Oscar nominations: 14 snubs and surprises," 23 Jan. 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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