\ 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

cold-shoulder, cut, high-hat, slight, stiff, stiff-arm

Synonyms: Noun

brush-off, cold shoulder, rebuff, repulse, silent treatment

Antonyms: Noun

open arms

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Examples of snub in a Sentence


She snubbed me in the hallway. He snubbed their job offer. They deliberately snubbed the meeting.


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

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn't snub the queen by not visiting her at Balmoral Castle this summer like most members of the royal family do. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Didn't Visit the Queen at Balmoral Castle This Summer," 7 Sep. 2019 Some members of Fretilin, Lu-Olo’s party, snubbed the festivities. The Economist, "Twenty years after its vote for independence, Timor-Leste looks back," 1 Sep. 2019 Then, the 24-year-old bride, who did not really like the gown in the first place, snubbed the seamstress. Gillian Brockell,, "Jackie Kennedy’s fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her dress designer," 29 Aug. 2019 Consumers are increasingly snubbing the emergency room in favor of these standalone clinics, which are considerably more affordable than an ER visit. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Hiring at "ambulatory" health clinics surges as people seek cheaper care," 2 Aug. 2019 Horton snubbed Sun on the podium because the Aussie is angry that FINA allowed him to compete this week while facing a career-threatening hearing involving a clash with drug testers. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land's Simone Manuel wins another world title in 100 free," 26 July 2019 Biggest Emmy nomination snubs: Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Emma Stone are among the A-listers shut out. Alexia Fernandez,, "Julia Roberts Reacts to Her Emmys Snub for Homecoming — and Reveals Her Sweet Phone Backdrop!," 16 July 2019 The queen weighed in, noting through a spokeswoman that the U.S. president’s decision to snub her invitation in a tweet came as a surprise. Nick Rigillio, Fortune, "Trump Cancels State Visit After Danish PM Says Greenland ‘Isn’t For Sale’," 21 Aug. 2019 But having been witness to much of the recent history of Emmy awards and nominations, the current batch, announced this week, does inspire a few observations — and not the usual ones about who got snubbed and who was undeserving. Bill Carter, CNN, "HBO is king, women rule comedy and other takeaways from this year's Emmy nominations," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the biggest snubs was Julia Roberts, who didn’t get nominated for Homecoming. Fortune, "The ‘Superpower’ Behind Quibi, Meg Whitman’s New Company: The Broadsheet," 17 July 2019 Some of the snubs and surprises from the Emmy nominations. Washington Post, "Parsons snub, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ love among Emmy surprises," 16 July 2019 USA TODAY Sports' Jesse Yomtov breaks down the 2019 MLB All-Star selections and snubs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Futures Game: Tiebreaker can't break 2-2 deadlock, but will it ever catch on at MLB level?," 7 July 2019 Bogaerts was one of the biggest snubs of the selection process. Julian Benbow,, "Nathan Eovaldi eager to help overworked Red Sox pitching staff," 3 July 2019 And speaking of thriller-snubs here, Amazon's experimental half-hour entry, Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, was nowhere to be found, nor was its Oscar-winning star. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "These Are the Key Surprises and Takeaways From This Year’s Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 What were the other snubs, surprises and Motor City mentions among the nods? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Emmy nominations: Snubs, surprises and some respect for Detroit — but not Kristen Bell," 16 July 2019 James Poniewozik and Margaret Lyons, two television critics for The New York Times, conducted a brief conversation about this year’s snubs, surprises and most deserving nominees. New York Times, "What Our Critics Think of the 2019 Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 The snub and the injury pushed Skaggs during the offseason. Maria Torres,, "Mike Trout wears No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggs during AL's All-Star game win," 9 July 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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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