- to invest with any name, character, dignity, or title; style; name; call: He was dubbed a hero.
- to strike lightly with a sword in the ceremony of conferring knighthood; make, or designate as, a knight: The king dubbed him a knight.
- to strike, cut, rub, or make smooth, as leather or timber.
- dub bright, Shipbuilding. to shave off the outer surface of the planking of (a ship).
Origin of dub1
- an awkward, unskillful person.
Origin of dub2
- to thrust; poke.
- Golf. to hit (a ball) poorly; misplay (a shot).
- to execute poorly.
- to thrust; poke.
- a thrust; poke.
- a drumbeat.
Origin of dub3
- to furnish (a film or tape) with a new sound track, as one recorded in the language of the country of import.
- to add (music, speech, etc.) to a film or tape recording (often followed by in).
- to copy (a tape or disc recording).
- to copy program material from one tape recording onto another.
- the new sounds added to a film or tape.
- a style of popular music based on reggae and produced by remixing previously recorded music to which audio samples and sound effects are added.
- dub out, to omit or erase (unwanted sound) on a tape or sound track: to dub out background noise.
Origin of dub4
- a pool of water; puddle.
Origin of dub5
Examples from the Web for dub
Support for the royals rose to 35-year highs, leading some wags to dub Prince George “the Republican slayer”.Prince George’s First Year Bodes Well for the Survival of the Royals
July 22, 2014
The latest purge prompted Carl Bildt, Sweden's foreign minister, to dub Mr Kim's regime “the empire of horror.”The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea's 'Empire of Horror'
December 15, 2013
To combat the malaise, fast food joints are pursuing a high-low strategy, or, as I prefer to dub it, the “Moms and Bros” strategy.Burger King Introduces Big King to Taunt McDonald’s and Stagnating Overall Sales
November 6, 2013
His friendship with Bill Clinton has prompted Barbara Bush to dub Clinton her fifth son.George W. Bush Emerges From the Shadows to Open Presidential Library
April 23, 2013
The lack of specificity led White House spokesman Jay Carney to dub the plan “magic beans and fairy dust.”Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 28: Ennui Sets in
December 4, 2012
People can talk all they want to about your bein' just a dub—I won't believe 'em.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It's the thing to be alive in athletics and a dub in everything else.The Harbor
Going to a turf pit, he dipped both hands in the dub, and brought some water.The Manxman
Really, Miss Knowles, you must think me a good deal of a dub.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
I am nothing but a dub—and you—they say are rich—but some day I'm going to be something else.They of the High Trails
- (tr) to invest (a person) with knighthood by the ritual of tapping on the shoulder with a sword
- (tr) to invest with a title, name, or nickname
- (tr) to dress (leather) by rubbing
- angling to dress (a fly)
- the sound of a drum
- to alter the soundtrack of (an old recording, film, etc)
- (tr) to substitute for the soundtrack of (a film) a new soundtrack, esp in a different language
- (tr) to provide (a film or tape) with a soundtrack
- (tr) to alter (a taped soundtrack) by removing some parts and exaggerating others
- films the new sounds added
- musica style of record production associated with reggae, involving the removal or exaggeration of instrumental parts, extensive use of echo, etc
- (as modifier)a dub mix
- Australian and NZ informal short for double-bank
- a clumsy or awkward person or player
- to bungle (a shot), as in golf
- Scot and Northern English dialect a pool of water; puddle
- (intr; foll by in, up, or out) slang to contribute to the cost of (something); pay
Word Origin and History for dub
"give a name to," originally "make a knight," from late Old English dubbian "knight by striking with a sword" (11c.), a late word, perhaps borrowed from Old French aduber "equip with arms, adorn" (11c.) of uncertain origin, but there are phonetic difficulties. Meaning "provided with a name" is from 1590s. Related: Dubbed; dubbing.
"add or alter sound on film," 1929, shortening of double; so called because it involves re-recording voices onto a soundtrack. The type of re-mixed reggae music was so called from 1974, probably for the same reason. Related: Dubbed; dubbing.