\ 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 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 And Brown, who has been snubbed for nominations at the upcoming CMA Awards in November, has had four No. Washington Post, "Kane Brown, Luke Combs among CMT Artists of the Year," 17 Sep. 2019 The Hong Kong citizen is wanted by mainland China after snubbing an investigation into his sales of sensitive books about Chinese leaders. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the man whom Hong Kong’s embattled extradition law is all about," 6 Sep. 2019 Based on her 2013 one-woman stage play, Fleabag is up for 11 Emmys for its second season after being snubbed for its first go-around. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Fleabag' to James Bond and Beyond: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Death and Her Secret New Movie," 14 Aug. 2019 Chelsea have recently snubbed interest in Willian from both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, although there is yet to be any sign of a new contract., "Willian Insists He Wants to Stay at Chelsea & Calls on Blues to Be Patient With Frank Lampard," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Fury at elections snub brings Moscow’s professionals back to politics Moscow’s urban professionals for many years have been willing to surrender political activism in exchange for material gains. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 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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The first known use of snub was in the 13th century

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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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