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

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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Verb
In a remote tropical region, where tarmac is a totem of progress, no self-respecting mayor would snub such a bequest. Mac Margolis, NPR, 12 May 2024 He's got a track record of bipartisanship and moderate policy stances in Congress and refused to endorse Doug Mastriano, the GOP's far-right nominee for governor in 2022 — and even snubbed Trump's visit to Bucks County earlier this month. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for snub 

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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