\ 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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Other Words from snub


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 Several bigwigs from Abiy’s ethnic group, the Oromo, snubbed the inauguration and instead visited a memorial to Oromo victims of the emperor’s military campaigns. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 7 Nov. 2019 During the Obama administration, Erdogan snubbed the obsequious American attempts to promote Turkey as the cornerstone of America’s Middle East policy. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Untenable Alliance Is No Turkish Delight," 24 Oct. 2019 Since the awards can’t be given posthumously, Rubin is forever snubbed. National Geographic, "Why are Nobel scientists so white, and so old?," 16 Oct. 2019 Arguably its first significant player, 2016’s Beast of No Nations, was totally snubbed despite supporting standout Idris Elba winning the precursor SAG Award, and receiving a Golden Globe nomination. David Canfield,, "Why Netflix could run the table at next year's Oscars," 3 Oct. 2019 Skip to main content SportsPulse: Paul Myerberg gives us his opinion on which players over the course of college football's history may have been snubbed for the Heisman Trophy. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Can anyone beat Clemson? It's unlikely as the ACC continues to scuffle this season," 15 Sep. 2019 Longreads also spoke with Scott Wall — Bill’s son, who is an NBA referee — for some insight into why his father might have felt Kazmer had been snubbed. Britni De La Cretaz, Longreads, "Flagrant Foul: Benching Teen Moms Before Title IX," 14 Aug. 2019 InfoWars, the media organization infamous for peddling conspiracy theories, for instance, appeared to have been snubbed. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "'Circus show' summit: Trump delivers meandering speech to his digital army of supporters at the White House," 11 July 2019 Meanwhile, expect other heads of state to snub the Italian leader; Conte is the only leader with whom Trump has not scheduled a one-on-one meeting, for instance. Claire Parker, Washington Post, "The G-7 summit kicks off on Saturday. Here are some key relationships to watch.," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clear standouts are Mrs. Coulter's golden snub-nosed monkey daemon and Lee's giant rabbit daemon, voiced by Cristela Alonzo. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'His Dark Materials': TV Review," 1 Nov. 2019 For millionaires who dabble in politics, getting shut out of a candidate’s rise to office is a snub, like seeing your friends post photos of their brunch without you. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Hypocrite Accuses Elizabeth Warren of Hypocrisy," 12 Sep. 2019 Who were the biggest snubs from SI's Top 100 NBA Players of 2020 list? Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Biggest Snubs," 9 Sep. 2019 The cancellation was a rare snub of Denmark’s head of state, Queen Margrethe II, who had extended the invitation to the president and would have hosted him and the first lady. Martin Selsoe Sorensen,, "In Denmark, bewilderment and anger over Trump’s canceled visit," 21 Aug. 2019 Max Muncy is arguably the biggest snub in the National League. Jorge Castillo,, "Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler make NL All-Star team," 30 June 2019 In 2017, in yet another conference call to preview a gig at The Q, Torres was pretty diplomatic about what really was a snub, since Bon Jovi had been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2008. Chuck Yarborough,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Bon Jovi knows fans put them in the Hall: Inductee profile," 8 Apr. 2018 Josh Sargent responded well to his summer USMNT snub, starting off the season brightly with Werder Bremen. Brian Straus,, "Sargent's Resilience Emblematic of USMNT's Growing Pains, Process," 9 Sep. 2019 There are landscapes in this selection, but most of the pictures are of a single thing: a bird, a flower, a woman’s snub-nosed face. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Matt Wilt wields a deft hand for his ceramic creations," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Snub.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce snub (audio)

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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