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snub

verb \ ˈsnəb \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of snub

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

Examples of snub in a Sentence

  1. She snubbed me in the hallway.

  2. He snubbed their job offer.

  3. They deliberately snubbed the meeting.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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snub

noun

Definition of snub

: an act or an instance of snubbing; especially : slight

Examples of snub in a Sentence

  1. he tolerated the snubs from his in-laws because the holidays come but once a year, thankfully

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First Known Use of snub

14th century


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snub

adjective

Definition of snub

1 or snubbed play \ˈsnəbd\ : blunt, stubby
  • a snub nose
2 : used in snubbing
  • snub line

snubness

noun

First Known Use of snub

1724


SNUB Defined for English Language Learners

snub

verb

Definition of snub for English Language Learners

  • : to ignore (someone) in a deliberate and insulting way

  • : to not accept or attend (something) as a way to show disapproval


SNUB Defined for Kids

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snub

verb \ ˈsnəb \

Definition of snub for Students

snubbed; snubbing
: to ignore or treat rudely on purpose

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snub

noun

Definition of snub for Students

: an act or an instance of ignoring or treating rudely on purpose


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