- 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 snubbing
Gingrich is still licking his wounds from his collapse in Florida and his snubbing by Donald Trump.Three Middle-America Primaries Could Force Out One of Mitt Romney’s Rivals
February 7, 2012
By snubbing the movie, Silicon Valley, as it loves to do, is, in effect, snubbing Hollywood.Silicon Valley Snubs Social Network
October 1, 2010
It is you're the ruffian to him, snubbing him when he speaks good-naturedly to you.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
"I don't see that there was any call for snubbing," he retorted angrily.Peak and Prairie
"I know just how Phil feels about papa's snubbing," she said to me.We Ten
Lyda Farrington Kraus
She had a phrase for snubbing any anecdote that sounded improbable.The Children
He never could resist the temptation of bantering and snubbing them.Lord John Russell
Stuart J. Reid
- 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 snubbing
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.).