\ ˈsnəb How to pronounce snub (audio) \
snubbed; snubbing

Definition of snub

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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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snubness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snub

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of snub in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Logic might suggest that potential Republican candidates would snub a President who is 9 points down in the polls, and who is viewed as an agent of chaos by more than half the country. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Forget the 2020 election. Let's talk 2024," 29 Aug. 2020 Traders, who were previously reluctant to snub cheap Chinese imports, have now come up with a list of 3,000 items, including toys, watches and plastic products, that can easily be replaced by local manufacturing. Vrishti Beniwal,, "Modi Looks Inward to Save Indian Economy as Crisis Bites," 13 May 2020 And their anger is inflamed by Bolton's decision to snub House lawmakers' request last October to testify as part of their impeachment investigation. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Democrats want it both ways on Bolton book," 18 June 2020 Norway and Denmark have snubbed their Scandinavian neighbor Sweden by opening borders to each other but not to Sweden, due to the country’s high COVID-19 infection rate. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic epicenter New York City finally set for reopening," 30 May 2020 From snubbing small businesses in the first phase of his plan to reopen the economy to his about face on face masks to his medical director getting heavily criticized, DeWine had his worst week since the outset of the pandemic. Cincinnati Enquirer, "PX column: It was a rare rough week for Mike DeWine. Maybe it's time Amy Acton take on a behind-the-scenes role to quell frustration," 2 May 2020 Jones isn’t the only one fed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences completely snubbing artists of colour. Alexis Reliford,, "Leslie Jones Protested The Lack Of Diversity At The Oscars With Her Vote," 10 Feb. 2020 More:Prince Charles didn't snub Mike Pence at World Holocaust Forum, vice president's team says Perry has supported numerous charitable organizations throughout her career and was named a UNICEF’ Goodwill Ambassador in December 2013. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Katy Perry attends royal event with Prince Charles; named British Asian Trust ambassador," 5 Feb. 2020 Having been snubbed by the Academy before, Sandler isn’t getting his hopes up that he’ll be finally be nominated. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Will Adam Sandler Finally Get an Oscar Nomination?," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 82-year-old leader’s plan to extend his decade-long rule is a snub to the U.S. and France, which have both urged him to quit to avoid fueling civil unrest. Ougna Camara,, "Guinean President Enters Race to Extend His 10-Year Rule," 1 Sep. 2020 There were people who felt that wasn't enough time, that her line-up spot was an outright snub, if not a total corralling of the party’s destiny. Jason Parham, Wired, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wields Brevity as a Superpower," 19 Aug. 2020 Milwaukee center Brook Lopez could be considered a snub in this category. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' Antetokounmpo, Budenholzer finalists for NBA awards," 8 Aug. 2020 Pelosi's endorsement of Kennedy is a snub of Markey, who was one of Pelosi's longtime House colleagues. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Pelosi endorses Kennedy over Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary race," 20 Aug. 2020 When the length of Ocasio-Cortez's speech was first reported at one minute, some viewed it as a snub to progressives, noting that some Republicans were given more time to speak. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Here's why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nominated Bernie Sanders during the Democratic National Convention," 19 Aug. 2020 The move widely was viewed in Ohio Republican circles as a snub to Davidson, who was close with both Bennett and Voinovich and viewed the Cleveland convention as Bennett’s legacy project. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "After Larry Householder loses the speaker’s gavel, Jo Ann Davidson portrait re-hung in Ohio House chambers," 13 Aug. 2020 Beyond the snub to Yang, the DNC was criticized for not including any Asian American speakers at the convention. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Thank you #YangGang': Andrew Yang granted convention speaking slot after initial snub," 13 Aug. 2020 Colombian officials also complain that denying their request that Mancusco be deported back home would be a high-profile snub to a staunch ally that suffered a decades-long civil conflict that left 260,000 dead and millions more displaced. Joshua Goodman, Star Tribune, "Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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4 Sep 2020

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“Snub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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

 (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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