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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Duran Duran has been a mainstay on Rock Hall snub lists for years. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 Hungary’s weaker line toward Russia also led the rest of the Visegrád Group to snub a planning meeting of defense ministers in Budapest this week. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the European Union will snub a request by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for its member countries to respond individually to Moscow’s demands on a regional security framework., 9 Feb. 2022 Why history will remember it better than the Academy did: The Oscars may have snubbed The Green Knight, but does that mean that in a year's time The Green Knight can return to snub the Oscars? Devan Coggan,, 15 Mar. 2022 The Wall Street Journal notes that Saudi Arabia appeared to snub Biden's campaign to increase global output. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 See how Little Monsters reacted to Gaga’s Oscars snub below. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2022 Scavino is just one of the many Trump allies to slow walk, stonewall or snub the January 6 committee -- all while doubling down on their allegiance to Trump. Sara Murray, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Diplomatic boycotts of the Olympics aim to snub host nations while keeping athletes free to compete. Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Per the source close to the cast, Quinn is currently keeping a low profile in the wake of the snub. Antonia Debianchi,, 1 June 2022 That diplomatic snub set off a counterwave that led to AMLO and other leaders deciding to boycott the event themselves. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 There was widespread astonishment in royal circles Monday after it was confirmed that Meghan and Harry left Britain by private jet before the platinum jubilee celebrations were finished, delivering a snub to the queen and organizers of the event. Nina Sharma, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022 In snub to Biden, Mexico's president won't attend Summit of the Americas. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 Still, the pairing with the Lakers, more than any type of snub of being ranked lower than six others, was what resonated with the fan base. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 23 May 2022 Zegler, who won a Golden Globe for her role as Maria in the film in January, did not receive a nomination at this year's Oscars, a snub that drew the ire of her fans. Jessica Wang,, 20 Mar. 2022 In a snub that surprised many, House of Gucci‘s Lady Gaga was passed over for a best actress nom, even as she was nominated by several other groups, including the BAFTAs, SAG Awards and Critics Choice Awards. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2022 From time to time, the Oscar nominations list features a notable snub. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Snub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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