\ 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 snub (audio) \ : blunt, stubby a snub nose
2 : used in snubbing snub line

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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 Superficially, the decision to snub Shiv seems tied to her failure to recruit Lisa Arthur to Logan’s defense. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2021 Facebook's early efforts to snub Haugen did not impress those inside the hearing. Clare Duffy, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Throughout the years, my mother and her siblings have debated if her intention was to snub her daughters-in-law or to convey the message that these pieces were to stay in the family. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 The statement appeared to snub Mr. Joseph, who didn’t immediately comment. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 17 July 2021 On the opinion pages Stuart C. Reid: Republicans snub Hispanic voters at their own political peril [Tribune]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2021 The Biden folks snub their noses at the Trump dog food at night, but the bowl is always empty in the morning. Paul Mango, National Review, 4 May 2021 The soft-drinks company did so brilliantly in 1964 when the elite of Atlanta—home to both Coca-Cola and Martin Luther King—threatened to snub the civil-rights leader on his return from winning the Nobel peace prize. The Economist, 14 Apr. 2021 Following his nominations snub in November, the singer opened up about his indifference for the awards show in a Billboard article published in January. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His recent endorsement of Parnell in Pennsylvania stunned Republicans there and was seen as a snub to another Senate candidate: Carla Sands, a major Trump fundraiser who also served as his ambassador to Denmark. Michael Warren, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 That France is the target of the latest snub speaks to its role as the most significant military player in Europe, and still underlines the reality that Paris (though Macron) is the source of political energy across Europe. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Booker expressed his desire to become an All-Star, but his frustration over the snub in a way soured him on the whole thing. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 And that was that ... until, thanks to her daughter Abby, word of the snub found its way to current Yankees GM Brian Cashman. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 The film anthology from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen received no directing or acting nods in an egregious snub. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2021 No awards show snub in history has cracked the world more than the lack of a Best Picture nomination for The Dark Knight. Darren Franich,, 13 July 2021 Twitter’s recent snub of Nigeria in favor of opening up its regional headquarters in Ghana—a country with fewer people than Nigeria has twitter users—is proof that tech giants are wary of authoritarian governments. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz, 8 July 2021 Along with Chris Paul, Booker led the Suns to the second-best record in the NBA, but remains an All-NBA snub. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2021

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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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