dub

1
[ duhb ]
/ dʌb /

verb (used with object), dubbed, dub·bing.

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.

Idioms

    dub bright, Shipbuilding. to shave off the outer surface of the planking of (a ship).

Origin of dub

1
1175–1225; Middle English dubben, late Old English *dubbian (in phrase dubbade tō ridere ‘dubbed to knight(hood)’), < Anglo-French dubber, dobber, douber, aphetic form of ad(o)uber, equivalent to a- a-5 + -do(u)ber < Old Low Franconian *dubban ‘to strike, beat’, cognate with Low German dubben, dub3; cf. daube
Related formsdub·ber, noun

Definition for dub (2 of 5)

dub

2
[ duhb ]
/ dʌb /

noun Slang.

an awkward, unskillful person.

Origin of dub

2
1885–90; of expressive orig., cf. flub, flubdub, dub3

Definition for dub (3 of 5)

dub

3
[ duhb ]
/ dʌb /

verb (used with object), dubbed, dub·bing.

to thrust; poke.
Golf. to hit (a ball) poorly; misplay (a shot).
to execute poorly.

verb (used without object), dubbed, dub·bing.

to thrust; poke.

noun

a thrust; poke.
a drumbeat.

Origin of dub

3
First recorded in 1505–15; apparently same word (with older sense) as dub1

Definition for dub (4 of 5)

Origin of dub

4
First recorded in 1925–30; short for double
Related formsdub·ber, noun

Definition for dub (5 of 5)

dub

5
[ duhb ]
/ dʌb /

noun Chiefly Scot.

a pool of water; puddle.

Origin of dub

5
1490–1500; of obscure origin; perhaps akin to German Tümpel ‘pond, puddle’
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British Dictionary definitions for dub (1 of 6)

dub

1
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

(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)

noun

the sound of a drum

Word Origin for dub

Old English dubbian; related to Old Norse dubba to dub a knight, Old High German tubili plug, peg

British Dictionary definitions for dub (2 of 6)

dub

2
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed films television

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

noun

films the new sounds added
  1. music a style of record production associated with reggae, involving the removal or exaggeration of instrumental parts, extensive use of echo, etc
  2. (as modifier)a dub mix

Word Origin for dub

C20: shortened from double

British Dictionary definitions for dub (3 of 6)

dub

3
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

Australian and NZ informal short for double-bank

British Dictionary definitions for dub (4 of 6)

dub

4
/ (dʌb) US and Canadian informal /

noun

a clumsy or awkward person or player

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

to bungle (a shot), as in golf

Word Origin for dub

C19: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for dub (5 of 6)

dub

5
/ (dʌb) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a pool of water; puddle

Word Origin for dub

C16: Scottish dialect dubbe; related to Middle Low German dobbe

British Dictionary definitions for dub (6 of 6)

dub

6
/ (dʌb) /

verb dubs, dubbing or dubbed

(intr; foll by in, up, or out) slang to contribute to the cost of (something); pay

Word Origin for dub

C19: of obscure origin
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