\ 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

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

The company this year was snubbed by the U.S. Transportation Department’s testing program in which Uber is participating. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Uber Ambitiously Eyes 2021 for Food-Delivery Drones Launch," 21 Oct. 2018 Blake Snell and Jesus Aguilar were snubbed since every team must have an All-Star. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 The biggest unanswered question, though, is whether Masayoshi Son, the leader of SoftBank, will snub the event. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "On the eve of the Saudi economic summit, we’re about to see just how damaged they are in Silicon Valley," 23 Oct. 2018 Orlando was notably snubbed by the state Democratic Party as a site for one of its official gubernatorial debates this year. Steven Lemongello,, "Orlando back on the Democratic debate schedule after county party steps in," 16 May 2018 Airbnb, which helped the city create its short-term rental policy, also initially snubbed the city's subpoenas last fall, eventually providing its data on nights rented in New Orleans and not the future nights reserved as the city had demanded. Kevin Litten,, "Expedia won't share short-term rental data with New Orleans," 3 Apr. 2018 Even the greatest genre films have a long history of getting snubbed by the Academy, but Daniel Kaluuya’s Oscar nod gives us hope that Toni Collette will get recognized this awards season. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "The New Horror Film 'Hereditary' Might Be This Year's 'Get Out'," 8 June 2018 The House passed one of its own, which the Senate likewise snubbed. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Tensions mount in Medicaid fight, as Senate Republican signals openness to expand," 9 Mar. 2018 But Davis would get revenge over those who snubbed her. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Academy Awards Scandal That First Got PwC Its Job Counting Oscars Votes," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still, countries living in China’s shadow and looking for reassurance from the U.S. are bound to take Mr. Trump’s absence as a snub, analysts said. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Trump Skips Asia Summits, Fueling Concerns on U.S. Commitment to Region," 14 Nov. 2018 SoftBank’s leadership, including Masayoshi Son, skipped his speaking engagement at the conference in what was seen as a snub of his key benefactor. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 But his behaviour was nonetheless seen as a snub by many South Koreans, who were already upset by the treatment their president received during his visit to Washington earlier this week. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the coalition he built against North Korea," 25 May 2018 Little Monsters will be pleased to learn Lady Gaga's turn as Ally in A Star Is Born earned her a Best Actress nomination, but they might be disappointed at the Best Director snub for Bradley Cooper. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Oscars 2019: The Complete List of Nominees," 22 Jan. 2019 France's World Cup victory celebrated in US and around the world THE SWAMP California Dems snub Sen. Dianne Feinstein for long shot rival, in 'clear-eyed rejection' of party establishment. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump to meet with Putin in highly anticipated summit; France wins 2018 World Cup," 16 July 2018 The snub has largely been attributed to the failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reach a comprehensive peace agreement and the perception that the region is a diplomatic minefield. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Prince William visits Jerusalem’s holy sites, concluding historic visit," 28 June 2018 Every year, the Recording Academy's list of Grammy nominees includes some surprises—and some snubs. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Fans Are Calling Her Grammy Awards Snub a 'Slap in the Face'," 10 Dec. 2018 But there are always a few snubs, head-scratchers, and upsets thrown into the mix: What about quirky coming-of-age film Eighth Grade? Vogue, "Here Are the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations," 6 Dec. 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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