snub

1 of 3

verb

snubbed; snubbing

transitive verb

1
: to check or stop with a cutting retort : rebuke
2
a
: 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

snub

2 of 3

noun

: an act or an instance of snubbing
especially : slight

snub

3 of 3

adjective

1
or snubbed : blunt, stubby
a snub nose
2
: used in snubbing
snub line
snubness noun

Example Sentences

Verb She snubbed me in the hallway. He snubbed their job offer. They deliberately snubbed the meeting. Noun he tolerated the snubs from his in-laws because the holidays come but once a year, thankfully
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Did Woods stick with the Tour to protect his records or to snub Norman? Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2022 Is the Weeknd continuing to snub the Grammys in return for the awards having snubbed him, as promised? Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Oct. 2022 Sometimes picky shoppers snub their noses at cosmetically unappealing yet perfectly edible produce. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 During her recent Netflix documentary, Halftime, the triple threat admitted she was hurt by that year's Oscars snub. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 24 Sep. 2022 There are a few people who snub me around town, but not that many. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 13 July 2022 Duran Duran has been a mainstay on Rock Hall snub lists for years. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 Hungary’s weaker line toward Russia also led the rest of the Visegrád Group to snub a planning meeting of defense ministers in Budapest this week. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the European Union will snub a request by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for its member countries to respond individually to Moscow’s demands on a regional security framework. Bloomberg.com, 9 Feb. 2022
Noun
As images of white teens wearing velour tracksuits and sagging jeans proliferated, the luxury industry began to question its snub of hip-hop. Zandile Blay, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2022 Gray, meanwhile, used her All-Star snub to drive one of the finest postseasons in any league. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 In fact Lopez did not quite get her due, having been denied an Academy Award nomination, which some in the industry viewed as a snub. Rob Haskell, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2022 No snub here Through a panel of 15 NBA coaches, scouts, and executives, ESPN conducted an offseason survey of various topics including the question of who from this year's draft class would be the best rookie five years into their career. Rahat Huq, Chron, 5 Sep. 2022 This snub came as trouble was already brewing for Manson, who, following a string of crimes including a bad drug deal and a robbery-turned-homicide, had become immensely paranoid and desperate for cash. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, 10 Aug. 2022 Hat tip to the Television Critics Association, which has bestowed some much-deserved laurels on a distinctive new comedy while also offering at least a partial counterweight to an egregious snub by the Television Academy. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 Brandon Vazquez is no longer a Major League Soccer All-Star Game snub. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2022 Smith might be a close second — and an even bigger snub. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snub was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Snub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snub. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

snub 1 of 3

verb

snubbed; snubbing
1
: to check or stop with a reply that hurts : rebuke
2
a
: to check (as a line) suddenly while running out especially by turning around a fixed object (as a post)
b
: to check the motion of by snubbing a line
3
: to deliberately ignore or treat rudely
4
: to put out by crushing
snubber noun

snub

2 of 3

noun

: an act or an instance of snubbing
especially : rebuff entry 2

snub

3 of 3

adjective

variants or snubbed

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