\ ˈsnəb How to pronounce snub (audio) \
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 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 Then in February, Queens officials, bucking the mayor and governor, scuttled Amazon’s plan to open a huge headquarters there, snubbing the promise of 25,000 jobs. John Leland, New York Times, "Real Estate Thought It Was Invincible in New York. It Wasn’t.," 29 Nov. 2019 But there are some stadium-filling stars and Top 40 staples who were passed over or snubbed entirely for top honors at the upcoming show, which will be held Jan. 26 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Grammy snubs 2020: Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen miss out on major nominations," 20 Nov. 2019 Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids. Washington Post, "15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out," 20 Nov. 2019 The Allstate Playoff Predictor says there’s a 21.6% chance that an undefeated Minnesota would get snubbed. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 10, including trick plays are fun and Illinois-Northwestern will matter. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 4 Nov. 2019 That’s not to mention other female Rock Hall snubs like The Go-Go’s, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Runaways, Patsy Cline, EmmyLou Harris, Kate Bush, The Carpenters, Judy Collins, Salt-N-Pepa, Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross as a solo artist. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Women and the Rock Hall: 2020 ballot sparks debate over gender bias," 17 Oct. 2019 Thus snubbed, Enkidu weeps, and Gilgamesh, to cheer him up, proposes an adventure: the two of them will go to the Forest of Cedar, kill its protector, the monster Humbaba, and harvest some cedar wood for building projects in Uruk. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019 In 2017, conservative news outlet Breitbart publicly stated its contempt regarding first lady Melania Trump being snubbed of a spot on the list. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "What It Takes to Make the International Best Dressed List," 7 Oct. 2019 This wasn't Beyoncé's first time getting nominated—and snubbed—for an Emmy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Lost an Emmy to James Corden, and Twitter Is Fuming," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others snubs include Pink, BTS, Sam Smith and Halsey. Washington Post, "15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out," 20 Nov. 2019 Though the leadership did not respond to that request, Ms. Savino’s assignment to lead a subcommittee on internet and technology was widely interpreted as a snub. New York Times, "Wayward Democrats Return, but Are Still Under Fire," 7 July 2019 But her absence won’t be out of the norm and shouldn’t be viewed as a snub to Harry and Meghan. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "It's Almost Time for Royal Baby Archie's Christening. Here's Everything We Know So Far.," 5 July 2019 Notable snubs included Taylor Swift, a normal Grammys favorite, who only scored a nomination in Best Pop Vocal Album for Reputation. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Grammy Nominations 2019: The Full List," 7 Dec. 2018 Other notable snubs include Paul George, Andre Drummond, Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Ben Simmons. Daniel Rapaport,, "Lou Williams, Andre Drummond React to Not Making All-Star Team," 23 Jan. 2018 Other snubs include Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) for the drama actress category and The Big Sick for best comedy, screenplay, supporting actress (Holly Hunter) and comedy actor (Kumail Nanjiani) categories. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "2018 Golden Globes: How to watch and what you need to know," 5 Jan. 2018 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

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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 Dec 2019

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“Snub.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 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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