- to treat with disdain or contempt, especially by ignoring.
- to check or reject with a sharp rebuke or remark.
- to check or stop suddenly (a rope or cable that is running out).
- to check (a boat, an unbroken horse, etc.) by means of a rope or line made fast to a fixed object.
- to pull up or stop abruptly in such a manner.
- an act or instance of snubbing.
- an affront, slight, or rebuff.
- a sudden check given to a rope or cable running out, a moving boat, or the like.
- (of the nose) short and turned up at the tip.
Origin of snub
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Examples from the Web for snub
Undeterred by the snub in November, and denied a visa to Italy, Agca made plans for clandestine travel to Vatican City.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
But alas, a snub is yet another of the many indignities Valerie Cherish shall endure.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
Is it really a snub when Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the one winning the award?The Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises: 'Modern Family,' McConaughey, and More
August 26, 2014
Lest his snub be too subtle, Logan went on to single out and exclude Southerners for their “rebellious tyranny.”The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
“There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris,” the designer said in a post-show press conference.Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Take on the Oscars; Giorgio Armani Is Unhappy With Anna Wintour
The Fashion Beast Team
February 25, 2014
I had a snub nose and sandy hair, and I was tough, with a hard-set jaw.
I was middling small, with a square jaw, snub nose and sandy hair.
She opened her lips, and Artois thought she was going to snub her companion.A Spirit in Prison
Jed accepted the snub with outward humility and inward appreciation.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
I cut him short with a remark which was intended for a snub.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
- to insult (someone) deliberately
- to stop or check the motion of (a boat, horse, etc) by taking turns of a rope or cable around a post or other fixed object
- a deliberately insulting act or remark
- an elastic shock absorber attached to a mooring line
- (as modifier)a snub rope
- short and bluntSee also snub-nosed
Word Origin and History for snub
mid-14c., "to check, reprove, rebuke," from Old Norse snubba "to curse, chide, snub, scold, reprove." The ground sense is perhaps "to cut off," and the word probably is related to snip. Cf. Swedish snobba "lop off, snuff (a candle)," Old Norse snubbotr "snubbed, nipped, with the tip cut off." Meaning "treat coldly" appeared early 18c. Related: Snubbed; snubbing.
"short and turned up," 1725, in snub-nosed, from snub (v.). The connecting notion is of being "cut short."
"rebuke, intentional slight," 1530s, from snub (v.).